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Wednesday 3rd June

Good morning Class Four and happy Wednesday!

I hope you all had a good day yesterday and are starting to get back into your routine of home learning now.

I had a busy day in school and then a lovely evening as I met up with Mrs Pilgrim and Mrs Steele for a socially distanced walk round Lakeside. I hadn't seen Mrs Steele since before lockdown started so it was really nice to see her again and the sunset was beautiful. Flash and Fred were happy to see me when I got home and enjoyed a little sunbathe in the garden!

During lockdown, I know lots of you have loved seeing how nature has developed. Many of you have commented in your emails on how lovely it is to hear more birds singing, see animals you haven't seen much before (one of you had a hedgehog move into your garden!) and to see so much less traffic and pollution. The teachers have also loved this change. Now that some of the restrictions are being lifted, it's a good time to think about how you can change what you do to help these changes continue, rather than going back to how it was before. Yesterday, five of the teachers cycled to school rather than driving (Mrs Lambert isn't in our picture as she finishes at lunchtime so cycled home then instead). Even though we aren't all going to cycle in every day, even just once or twice a week will have a big impact on both pollution and the amount of petrol/diesel being used. Over the next couple of days, have a think with your family - what can you do to help when things go back to normal? Is there anywhere you can change a drive to a walk/cycle? 

I hope you have a lovely day, work hard as always, love Miss Olver x

I'm glad yesterday's workout was back to normal after that really hard one on Monday! Hopefully today's will be ok too, I wonder what he has planned for us...


Today is Wednesday, which means Beat That challenges. If you still have one left, work through this. If you have run out, send me an email telling me which one you need and I will email it to you. Give yourself two minutes to complete the challenge. Then, if an adult is free, you could ask them to kindly mark it for you, or you could mark it yourself using a calculator.

Year 5

Today you are going to be continuing with your work on fractions from yesterday. Go to the White Rose Maths Home Learning Year 5 website and find Summer Term Week 5, Lesson 3 which is called ‘Add Mixed Numbers’. Watch the video and work through the worksheet. I have attached the answers so you can check your work. I have also attached my workings for Questions 2 and 8 so you can see how I would show my workings as I convert first the mixed number to an improper fraction and then to a fraction with a common denominator. This is how I have modelled it for you in class when we have done similar questions together.

If you have time, or want an extra challenge, have a go at one of the extension options below:

1. If you have someone you can play with then have a go at the four-in-a-row activity. All the instructions are on the sheets. There are 2 options:

Easier – All fractions have the same denominators, so there is no need to convert. Task on Page 1, Answers on Page 3.

Harder – Fractions have different denominators, so you will first need to find a common denominator and convert to this. Task on Page 2, Answers on Page 4.

2. Have a go at the extension problems below which are similar to the pink problems we sometimes do at school at the end of a session. I have included the answers too so you can check your work.

Year 6

Today you are going to be continuing your work on decimals, fractions and percentages from earlier this week. Go to the White Rose Maths Home Learning Year 6 website and find Summer Term Week 6, Lesson 2 which is called ‘Equivalent FDP’. Watch the video and then complete the worksheet. I have attached the answers so you can check your work. I have also included my workings for Q3 and 5 in case you want to have a look at how I would work these out.

If you have time, or want an extra challenge, have a go at the extension sheet below which has a code for you to crack by converting between equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.


Remember to write an entry in your diary/journal at some point today.


Today, start by reading back through your work from yesterday and then finish writing it. Remember to look back at your plan and check that you have included everything from it.

Once you have finished writing it, use the rest of the time to check, edit and improve your writing. Think about the things we often think about/do in class during our editing sessions:

  • Check spellings - remember there are dictionaries online you can use or you can ask Siri and it can spell words for you!
  • Check your use of punctuation. Has every sentence got a capital letter and a full stop? Have you used commas for any lists, after fronted adverbials or in sentences starting with If, When or Because? If you have included any speech or quotes, have you remembered to put these inside inverted commas (speech marks)?
  • Are there any words you are not happy with and that you could improve with a thesaurus? There are thesauruses available online you can use.
  • If you possibly can, ask someone to listen to you read your work out loud. You will be able to spot your own mistakes then, but the listener can also tell you if anything doesn't make sense or could be improved further.

As it is Wednesday, Mrs Kimble has planned another SPAG challenge for you. Anyone can have a go at this activity. If you do try it, send your work to me and I will forward it on for Mrs Kimble to see. She has included a little help sheet to go with the activity, so you might want to read through that first.

Here is a message from her:

Hello Class Four,

I hope you had a good half term break from all your learning. Wasn’t the weather fantastic?  I love hot sunny weather but some of the plants in our garden and especially the vegetable plants are getting very thirsty.

Over the last weeks, I have been thinking of you all doing your Joe Wicks workout every morning before starting your school work and  reading about Miss Olver doing that, then a long run and then a walk with Flash has made me feel very lazy. So guess what I found!  - Joe Wicks Ten Minute Workout for Seniors. I’ve been doing that for the last couple of weeks. If you have a look at it, I’m sure you’ll have a bit of a laugh; it’s so simple and easy compared to what you do but I think it’s doing me good. (No photographs of this!)

The elder tree in our garden is full of flowers so last week I had a go at making elderflower cordial and I’m very pleased with the results. (see the picture of a bottle under the elder tree.) It is delicious in a cold glass of soda water or sparkling water and it makes a very good sorbet, too.

Mr. Kimble has now begun a Painting Porches Project. (Can you remember the name we give to that trick you can use in your writing - using two or more words beginning with the same letter?) There are, strangely, three porches in our house so it’s going to be a long project.  He is hoping to finish the first one today; he thinks the weather might be cooler at the end of the week when he’s working on the other two.

I have another Punctuation Challenge for you this week all about apostrophes. I’ll include a few clues for you to look at but it might be a good idea to have a go at the stretches first, then look at the Clue Sheet and check whether you’ve done them correctly.

I hope lots of you take up the challenge.

Love from Mrs. Kimble


Finish your germ comic strip which you started yesterday.

Spellings and Reading

Make sure you practise your spelling sentences and do some independent reading.