Willow Home Learning – Summer week 5

Please find below some suggested home learning tasks for w/c 18.5.20. 


Revision: Have a look at the spellings from previous weeks (listed below) and make a list of words that you found tricky to remember how to spell. 

Spellings:  recent, remember, separate, special, strength, suppose, though, thought, various, women, material, minute, naughty, occasion, opposite, peculiar, possession, probably, quarter, question, accident, address, answer, business, calendar, century, disappear, enough, important, knowledge, would, wood, hair, hare, rain, reign, wail, whale, wait, weight.

Activity:  Use these methods below to help you revise and remember your tricky words then ask someone to test you.

  • Word pictures (how could you draw/illustrate the word to make it memorable?)
  • Look for word within words (eg ad-dress)
  • Look, cover, write, check
  • Remember the number of syllables (eg im-port-ant = 3 syllables)


Reading comprehension activity:  Currently, Teachit Primary reading comprehension packs are available free of charge.  I have attached the Lower KS2 (Yr 3-4) and Upper KS2 (YR 5-6) booklets below.   

In each pack you will find 6 reading comprehensions with answers (No need to read the introduction/teaching notes etc – unless you want to of course – just go straight to the reading comprehension extracts and questions). 

There is also no need to print the booklets out.  Instead, you can work off the screen; read, note down the answers and then mark your answers to check how closely you have read and understood the text.


Have a go at these grammar practise papers (test 4).  Choose either the Yr4 or Yr5 paper (or both!).  Answers provided at the end of each paper.

Structure a debate argument

Have a look at the BBC Bitesize lesson below and consider how you could build a debate argument about a topic of your choice.  It could be something currently in the news or a topic that you feel strongly about. Are you for or against?  Why?  What do you need to consider?  How will you back up your arguments – facts? How will you convince your audience to agree with your point of view?


Perhaps you could ask a sibling or adult to come up with a counter argument (the other point of view) to challenge your ideas?   Remember – you are having a structured debate…not an argument!  Good luck!


Year 4 tenths and equivalent fractions

TYM4 – p66, p64

Year 5 adding and subtracting mixed numbers

TYM5 – p59 and 60

We have covered both of these in Willow once already so this should be revision. All of the worksheets and answers are uploaded at the end of this document.


If you fancy something different, have a look at Oak National Academy. It is a group of teachers who have come together to produce online lessons. They are really good and professional. It does require online access to watch them, but no worksheets. The maths lessons are 25-30 minutes long and include independent work. For year 4 I would suggest Solving Measures and Money Problems. Year 5 Converting Units of Measurement.


See weekly workouts below. I have also attached tables worksheets this week. There are 12 pages (6 weeks plus answers) so print out what you need!

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

History – Maya Gods and Religion  

Have a look at the Ppt attached below and read about the religious beliefs of the Maya people; understand how they worshipped, name some of the main gods and know what they represented to the people. 

BBC Bitesize also have some videos and information – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zq6svcw/articles/z2gkk2p

Next, have a go at using the information you have learnt to create a fact file about Maya gods.  Make sure your information is clear and accurate and the pictures are bright and colourful.

Finally, have a go at answering the questions on slide 16 to see how much you have remembered. 

If you would like to explore the Maya people further, I’d like to pass on the following recommendation from a parent (thank you) – Google Arts and Culture  (website and app).  The virtual tours are fascinating!


Geography – Physical Geography of Mexico

Mexico’s physical geography is varied.  It includes:  tropical rainforests, deserts, mountains and rivers.  

Go through the PowerPoint attached below; stopping to think about each slide and answering any questions asked. 

Have a go at labelling this blank physical geography map of Mexico.

Activity:  Have a look at the worksheets below and choose one (or more!) to complete. 


During lockdown, Banksy created this piece of artwork using rat stencils to show the rats creating havoc in a bathroom.   

lockdown: Covid-19 art: Street artist Banksy unveils new artwork ...

Have a search online for Banksy-style rat pictures and either print some out or have a go at drawing some cheeky rats of your own. 

Next, think about what havoc they could create in a room or area in your house (bedroom, kitchen, garden?) and take a photo of your creation.  Remember – it is all an illusion so no need to be too messy!

Let your imagination run wild and I look forward to seeing some of your photos.  Have fun!

Science – Pulse rate and exercise

Below are a few worksheets about pulse rate and exercise. They suggest some activities and focus on reading graphs and tables. Using data is an important ‘working scientifically’ skill. Here are some clips to look at too.



DT – The Great Willow Bread Bakeoff

Now that you’ve designed your products – it’s time to make them! Attached is a basic recipe. Of course, you can use your own. Make one sweet and one savoury roll.  Good luck! Ask a member of your family to taste test them and give you a product review. Write up the review. How many stars did you get? What would you do differently next time? Take some photos and send them over. There is also a worksheet about bread production.


Last week we looked at anger and how you feel when you are angry. You may have jotted down or thought about what you can do when you feel angry to help yourself calm down. Here are some alternative suggestions. Try some out. You don’t have to be angry. They are a great way to relax too.


To match our science, why not look at pulse and rhythm on BBC Bitesize.


Perhaps research body percussion and how to make different sounds.


On a blank sheet of paper write, ‘ways to communicate online’ and list all the ways you can think of. During this lockdown, new ways have emerged too. Ask your parents and siblings if they use anything different for work. Watch:


Think about and discuss how you can stay safe online.

Send me an e-mail if you like!