Dear Mercury class and families
Welcome back to the second half of the summer term and a new topic. We really hope you had a fantastic half term, enjoyed the fabulous weather, and had a well-deserved break.
This terms topic is called SOW, GROW AND FARM and has links to our previous topic. We will be focusing on the features and characteristics of land use in agricultural regions across the world, including a detailed exploration of significant environmental areas.
As always, do what you can, when you can and please keep in touch via class Dojo.
Send me photos and updates of all your amazing work. I love seeing it all. Thank you, you are all wonderful and have been working so hard.
On a daily basis:.
· Keep practising your times tables. You can get the sheets we do in class by going to http://www.timestables.me.uk/printable-pdf-quiz-generator.htm print them off if you are able to or just simply have the questions up on the screen.
· Keep reading please!! If you were able to get a copy of Beetle Boy and are still reading it then of course please carry on. In class we probably wouldn’t have finished it yet but another book we would have linked some of our work to is, ‘The Secret Garden,’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This is a piece of classic literature and very different in style to Beatle Boy. Definitely worth a read if you’re interested.
Maths – for the week
Please go to https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/
Click on Summer Term – Week 6 (w/c 1st June) Fractions
You will see the videos BUT this time not the activity. You will find the activity as a link on this class page underneath each day along with the answers.
First watch the video and then do the questions. Some of the questions ask you to tick or circle the correct answer, unless you’re able to print off the activity (stick it in your book) just write the answer in your book. If there are any questions you cannot answer please don’t worry, just leave them. The answers are there so you can mark your own work…don’t be tempted to peak!
If you wish to tackle some problem solving/reasoning activities go to:
Maths – go to https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/
Lesson 1 – – Multiply unit and non-unit fractions by integers
Spellings – Topic key vocabulary
From the list of topic words below please choose 8 words and find out the definitions. Please write the definitions in your book.
Altitude, biome, climate, corm, emission, ethical, floriculture, irrigation, monoculture, node, pesticide, propagate, seasonality, topography, viticulture.
Have another go at the mixed 99 times table sheet – see below.
Time yourself to see if you can do it faster than last week. Make a note of the times tables you found tricky and focus on practicing those over the next few weeks.
If you’re getting super accurate and super speedy challenge yourself to the mixed 99 with inverse.
Whenever we start a new topic, we always have a read of the knowledge organiser. Please have a read of the document below and remember to refer back to it for other work as it can come in handy.
Lesson 2 – Multiply mixed numbers by integers
Let’s start this topic off by watching the following video.
This topic will focus on agricultural land use, beginning by looking at agriculture on its smallest scale, the allotment.
Read the following information about allotments. Pay particular attention to what makes an allotment successful.
Using the information you have just read you are now going to consider three allotment proposals.
First, look at the maps and the information provided for each location. Then use the score sheets to give each feature a score and make notes on the overall suitability. If you are not able to print the sheets off, please just write your scores and notes on paper.
Using your scores and notes draw a conclusion over the best location for the allotment.
Complete this sentence: The …………………………..is the best location for an allotment because…
Lesson 3 – Fractions of an amount
Topic – Plant life cycles
Today I would like you to spend some time revising the lifecycle of a plant which you have already done some work on in previous years.
Please start by watching the video below, read the information, complete the activity and have a go at the short quiz.
It is important you understand the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction in plants.
Next, read the information on the document below.
There are advantages and disadvantages to plants using sexual or asexual reproduction. Have a look at the statements on the Advantages and Disadvantages Activity Sheet below. Match each statement to show whether it is an advantage or disadvantage of each type of reproduction.
You can write the 2 headings – sexual and asexual reproduction in your book and then either write the statements under the correct heading or if you can print them out and stick them on.
Lesson 4 – Fractions as operators
Topic – Dissection of a flower
Start by watching the video and completing the short activities – How do flowering plants reproduce.
Now if we were in school we would definitely do this activity as it’s really interesting and fun. However, it may be tricky to do at home as you need to get hold of a flower.
The best flowers to use are peony, perennial geranium, gladiolus, wallflower, lily and sweet peas. There may be many more suitable ones but some flowers just will not be suitable (daisies, buttercups) due their hidden or unusual structures.
If you are able to find a suitable flower have a look at the following document and follow the steps to dissect your flower.
Use the annotated flower diagram to help you label all the dissected parts
If you can’t find a flower you could watch this instead:
Next use the flower diagram to research what the parts of the flower do e.g. stigma – collects pollen grains during pollination.
You could draw a flower, label it and then make BRIEF notes about each part or make your notes around your dissected flower.
Friday maths challenge – do the questions you can.
Topic – Seasonality of food
Seasonality of food refers to the times of year when a given type of food is at its peak, either in terms of harvest or its flavour. This is usually the time when the item is the cheapest and the freshest on the market. The food’s peak time in terms of harvest usually coincides with when its flavour is at its best.
Please start by reading the seasonality information sheet.
I would now like you to use the BBC Good Food seasonality table and the seasonal allotment recording sheet to plan what you would grow in an allotment. You should plan for a good mix of produce where at least one food is ready to harvest each month. Try to plan for things that you and your family enjoy eating as there is no point in growing things if you’re not going to eat them!
Have another good week and we hope you enjoy the activities. Stay safe.
Remember to send us photos or messages of your fab work!!
Love Mrs Jenkins, Mrs George, Mrs Skipworth, Mrs Mac, Mrs Heron, Mrs Ray
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Useful websites and resources
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Super website that covers the whole curriculum. Go to Key Stage 2 and all the subjects are on the left had side. Lots of information on Ancient Egypt.
Covers all areas of the national curriculum. The link above takes you to Key Stage 2.
Look in the history section for lots of videos on Ancient Egypt.
Oxford Owl (you will need to register but it is free at the moment)
Keep up your reading. There are many resources on this site including ebooks.
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