Willow Class – Home learning Summer Week 3

Thank you all for working so hard again this week – you are amazing! We have especially enjoyed getting emails from you; it’s been lovely to hear your news, see some of the fantastic work that you are producing and to hear about the fun (not to mention inventive) ways you have found to entertain yourselves at home!

Below are some suggestions for activities to keep you busy this week. Remember it’s a 4-day week as it’s VE Day on Friday.


Summer Week 3 spellings are more common exception words (where the English Spelling code works in an unusual or uncommon way).

Spellings: material, minute, naughty, occasion, opposite, peculiar, possession, probably, quarter, question.

Spelling Group – choose 6 of these spellings to learn.  Choose words that you think you might use most often when you write.

Activity:  ‘Qu’ rule – in the English language, a ‘q’ is always followed by a ‘u’. 

  • How many words beginning with ‘Qu’ can you think of?
  • Can you unscramble these ‘qu’ words?

ytueqil – caukq – izqu – oeutq – eqrtura – iqut – rarqyu


It’s great to see that many of you are logging into Fiction Express.  I hope you are enjoying the many books available there!  Don’t forget to check out the live books where you can vote to decide what happens next.  There are plenty of quizzes and activities to keep you busy too. 

Reading comprehension activity: Have a go at the reading comprehension task attached below (VE Day).  Choose your level (*, ** or *** – with *** being the most difficult) and then check your answers afterwards.  How accurate/specific have you been?  No need to print as you can read the text online and jot down your answers in your exercise book.

Writing – Poetry

You might like to have a look at the interactive poetry activities with National Literacy Trust and their digital poet in residence Simon Mole. 

Open the link below to access an online lesson led by Simon Mole.  Have a go at writing a poem and choose your language carefully to create the image that you want.  You might like to illustrate your final piece or even perform your poem to an audience (mum, dad, sibling…hamster?). 

Once you’ve written your poem, you could choose a different subject (football, mermaids, cake, lockdown…anything!) and have a go writing another one.

If you have enjoyed Simon Mole’s lessons, more can be found by following the link below.



Please continue with Whiterose, Summer Term Week 3 either year 4 or year 5.


There are 4 lessons for the week. A short video clip and a worksheet (and answers) which should be able to be completed independently.

Follow up work is from TYM on the following pages:

TYM5 p37, 42 and 91 (answers uploaded)

TYM4 p49 and 51 (uploaded)

Uploaded are the latest weekly 10 minute workouts too.

BBC Bitesize don’t put their lessons up until Monday, so I don’t know if they will align with Whiterose. They are putting up some weekly maths challenges, which are quite good. This is todays as an example. They have the answers too!


As always, look at mymaths if you are unsure about any of the aspects being taught.

Science – Mammal investigation

Watch https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/zp92xnb (bit babyish – but fun)

Look at the Life Cycle of a Mammal information about rabbits and the different type of mammals. Make the kangaroo ‘wheel’ or make one of your own.

Look at a zoo like https://www.longleat.co.uk/news/longleat-launches-virtual-safari or https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams

Choose a mammal you are interested in and make your own life cycle as a flow chart or wheel. What do they look like at different stages of their lives? What is the animal known as when it is a baby or juvenile? How much do they grow in weight and height over their lives? How long do they live?

Extn: look at the Adaptation information and complete the questions.


Our new History topic for the summer term is the Maya Civilisation.  

Task 1:  Watch the BBC Bitesize video ‘An introduction to the ancient Maya’.


Complete the Twinkl sheet (file attached – use the one star sheet * – the first one).  Once you have sorted the statements, you might like to create an Ancient Maya cover page for your History book for when we return. 

Task 2:  Put the Maya timeline in order (file attached).  What was happening in other parts of the world at this time?

No need to print as both these tasks can be copied and completed in your exercise book or on a piece of paper.  I hope you enjoy learning about our new topic!

Art & Design

Have you ever visited a maize maze?  Well, hopefully it won’t be too long until we can do these things again but, in the meantime, what kind of maize maze might you like to visit?  What would it look like?  Would it have a theme?  What twists and turns might you employ? Have a look at the link below for inspiration. 

Imagine that you are the maze designer and the farm owners are your client. How might your design impress them?  Perhaps you could ask an adult or sibling to be the client. Ask them questions about what they are looking for and then try to design to the ‘client’ brief. 

DT – bread

Warburtons, Hovis and Kingsmill are the largest brands of bread in the UK. How do we know about their products? Via Youtube (under parental supervision!) look at some of their adverts. Which are your favourite? Do any jingles stick in your mind?

Start thinking about what your brand will be? Not your bread, but the company making it? Burr’s Bakery. Waite’s of William Ransom.

Design a logo for your company. 

Music – Yumu

We’ve had some good feedback about Charanga’s ‘Yumu’ website. If you would like a login, let me know! (Mrs Burr). Current available units are: Bringing us Together and The Beatles.

If this doesn’t take your fancy, look at BBC Bitesize as they have a weekly music lesson/idea. 


There will be lots of coverage over the week about VE day which is on Friday 8th May. Use PSHE as a time to reflect. You could use some of the resources below to help transport your thoughts to that time.