Willow Class Home Learning – Summer 2 Week 2

Please find below Maths and English activities for you to complete, as well as some ideas for foundation subjects to choose from.  We know that it isn’t easy to always feel motivated to learn when you’re not in school but try to do at least one English and Maths activity every day…and keep reading!



Spellings:  agent, challenge, dangerous, garden, garage, gate, disguise, guess, orange, edge, plunged, stranger, genuine, emergency, generous, grateful

Read the spellings. Do you understand what they all mean? Can you notice any similarities between the words? Is there a pattern?

Pattern – Some of the words have a soft ‘g’ whilst other words have a hard ‘g’.

Task 1:  Write the ‘g’ word to match the meanings below.

1) A reddish brown colour =

2) Allows a door to open =

3) Unusual =

4) The opposite of mean =

5) Used for separating pieces of land =

6) Hair that hangs over the forehead =

7) Someone who is very intelligent =

8) Another word for a spy might be a secret … =

Task 2: Use the spelling words in sentences – verbally and then written.


Reading comprehension activity:  Planet Earth & Maya writing

Have a go at completing these reading comprehensions (choose *, ** or *** with *** being the most challenging).  Check your answers afterwards.  Remember, you need to give specific answers from the text.


Have a go at these grammar practise papers.  Choose either the Yr4 or Yr5 paper (or both!).  Answers provided at the end of each paper.

Talk for writing – Mission Impossible!

Have you ever wanted to go on an adventure? Have you ever wanted to be a spy? This booklet is all about two twins who have a special secret. Read the story, have a go at the activities and then write your own adventure story.

Have a go at the tasks below. There are a lot of ideas in the booklet. You are not expected to do everything (unless you want to!).

Task 1: Pages 7-11 – understanding the story

Task 2: Explore characters

Task 3: Explore settings

Task 4: 24 – 28 SPAG activities

Task 5: Plan and write your own story


White Rose moves on to decimals this week for both year groups. As usual, there are daily video clips linking to BBC Bitesize. All of the worksheets and answers can be found at the end of this page.  

Year 4  

TYM4 – p72, p73, p75

Year 5

TYM5 – p65, p66, p68, p70


Again, please look at Oak National Academy if you’d like a teacher-led lesson.


See weekly workouts below.


You should be on sheet 3.

Don’t forget to check out mymaths if you need a reminder or some further information.   


As well as creating their own number system, the Maya also created their own writing system known as hieroglyphs (where have you heard that word before?).   These hieroglyphs were made up of syllabograms (representing sounds) or logograms (representing whole words).

Have a look at the Ppt attached below to find out more.   Also attached are some Maya writing fact cards.

Task 1:  Use the information on the fact cards to help you complete the Maya Writing Fact Hunt Activity Sheet.

Task 2:  Logograms sometimes resemble the thing that they represent, so it is easy for us to see what they mean, but others can be quite tricky to interpret. 

Have a look at page 8 on the PowerPoint and try to copy some of the logograms.  Can you make one of your own to represent a modern word?

Geography – Physical geography of Mexico

This week I would like you to research Cenotes. 

  • What are they? 
  • How are they formed?
  • What can you find out about them? 
  • How are they connected to the Ancient Maya?
  • Draw and label a diagram of a cenote.


Have a look at the world through a viewfinder (make one or use your fingers) and create a piece of art about what you see.  The Tate Gallery website has some good ideas.  Email your picture to us, as we’d love to see your creation!



Watch Rocky planets, Gas planets and What is the Sun?:




Do the online quizzes

It’s hard to imagine how large the solar system is and how far the planets are apart.

Make a two-metre strip of paper (about 5 cm wide) by sticking together thin strips of paper.

Follow these instructions carefully:

  1. At one end write the Sun and the other Pluto.
  2. Fold the paper in half. At this fold write Uranus.
  3. Fold Pluto to Uranus. At this fold write Neptune.
  4. Fold the Sun to Uranus and this fold is Saturn.
  5. Fold the Sun to Saturn. This is Jupiter.
  6. Sun to Jupiter = Asteroid Belt
  7. The Sun to Asteroid Belt = Mars
  8. Fold Sun to Mars. This fold becomes Venus.
  9. Sun to Venus = Mercury
  10. Fold Venus to Mars. Label this Earth.
  11. Draw an arrow from the Sun to Earth ’93 million miles’

When you open up your strip of paper, you’ll see that the Sun to Mars seem close together compared to the rest of the Universe.

Refer to the pictures in the document below to help.

DT – Rocky planet craft activities

Use filter paper (coffee filters) to create blurred effects. Draw your patterns onto the paper with felt tip pens, then spray them evenly with water to see the colours blur and merge.

Or if you have the resources, grate (carefully!) different coloured crayons and arrange the shavings inside a laminator pocket. Get an adult to iron the pouch (with a tea towel over the top) until the crayons melt. I’ve done this and it works and looks great! Can you put darker shavings to make the craters or red spot?

See slide below for ideas.

Music – Crescendo

Gustav Holst’s the Planets


Look at the attached powerpoint and:

  1. Learn the rhythm. You need to clap 3 times to one beat. Speak the words then try and do it without the words.
  2. Try the second one with lots of rests.
  3. Can you play these rhythms with an instrument (if you have one). Play the note G if it is a tuned instrument.
  4. Listen and watch the opening of Mars on the website – see link above (just the first minute or so). What happens to the volume? The technical term for music gradually getting louder is crescendo.
  5. Can you play your patterns one more time and add in a crescendo?

PHSE – adult guidance needed

Our final unit of the academic year is ‘A World Without Judgement’. For the first lesson, look at the attached page below and read about Darlee’s ideas. You will need to be able to discuss these ideas with an adult.

BBC Bitesize has some interesting clips about respecting differences:


Watch and talk about how you feel about these children’s experiences.

Maths worksheets