Today’s learning – Monday 1st March

Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 11am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for the work will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

  • material
  • medicine
  • mention

Spelling:

This week, we are going to be learning words where the ‘k’ sound is spelt ‘que’ and the ‘g’ sound is spelt ‘que’. These words are French in origin.

Practise this week’s words using the look, cover, write, check technique. You can a grid like this out on a piece of paper:

Writing a persuasive letter:

Can you write a persuasive letter using your research and planning notes from last week? I have used my planning notes to write a letter containing 3 different points in separate paragraphs. I have then expanded each point by including 3 pieces of evidence.

Today, we are going to write the greeting, introduction and paragraph 1. Watch this video to help you:

This letter will be informal and you can use this example to help you. I have used colour-coding and underlining to show you where I have used the features on the checklist and word bank.

Use this checklist and word bank to help you as well:

English – Reading:

This half term, we will be reading The Demon Dentist by David Walliams. Read the text and have a go at answering the questions underneath. I have put the text and questions both as a picture and a document. They are both the same but you can decide which is easier to view on your device.

Monday   – Demon Dentist       Chapter 3   Whiter than White  (Pg:43 –  49)

P1  The first thing you noticed about Miss Root was her teeth.  She had the most dazzling white smile.  Whiter than white.  Like a fluorescent light.  Her teeth were absolutely flawless.  So flawless they couldn’t possibly be real.  The second thing you noticed about Miss Root was that she was impossibly tall.  Her legs were so long and thin, it was like watching someone walk on stilts. She was dressed in a white laboratory coat, like the one a Science teacher wears when it’s time for an experiment.  Underneath the coat, her white blouse was matched by a long white flowing skirt.  As she passed, Alfie looked down and noticed a large splash of red  on the toe of one of her shiny white high-heeled shoes.   Is it blood? thought Alfie.

P2  Miss Root’s hair was white-blonde, and arranged in a perfectly lacquered ‘do’, usually only spotted on the heads of Queens or Prime Ministers.  The ‘do’ was shaped much like a Mr Whippy ice cream, minus the flake, of course.

P3 In a certain light she looked very old.  Her features were narrow and pointy, and her skin pale as snow.  However, the dentist had painstakingly painted on so much make-up that it was impossible to tell how old she really was.  50 ?  90?  900?

P4 Finally Miss Root reached the front of the hall.  She turned around, and smiled.  The low winter sun shone through the high windows and bounced off her teeth, causing the front few rows to cover their eyes.  “Good morning, children ….!”  she said brightly.  The dentist spoke in a singsong manner, as if she were recounting a nursery thyme.  There was a collective groan from the kids at being spoked to as if they were toddlers.

P5 “I said good morning, children…..” repeated the dentist, and she fixed them all with a powerful stare.  So powerful that soon a hush descended upon the room.  Then in unison all the assembled pupils said:

“Good morning.”       

“Let me introduce myself.  I am your new dentist.  My name is Miss Root, but I ask all my little patients like you to call me ‘Mummy’”

Alfie and Gabz shared a look of disbelief. 

“So can I hear a great big ‘Hello, Mummy’?        After three!  One, two, three …….”  Miss Root mouthed the words silently as the children joined in. 

“Hello, Mummy,” they murmured.

P 6“Excellent! Now I came to this town when a very unfortunate, indeed fatal, accident befell Mr Erstwhile.  The poor wretch must have fallen on to one of his own dental instruments.  OH, the irony! Of course there’s no need to go into all the gory details, but suffice it to say. Mr Erstwhile was found lying on the floor of his surgery in a huge pool of blood.  The dental problem was embedded deep in his heart….”    A deafening silence descended on the hall.  Alfie gulped.  It was a horrifying image.  Mr Erstwhile may have been old and doddery, but could he really have accidentally stabbed himself in the heart?

P 7 “Mummy would like you all to give one minute’s silence for Mr Erstwhile.  Now close your eyes, children.  All of you.  No peeping!”  Alfie didn’t trust Miss Root enough to close his eyes.  Nor did Gabz.  Both screwed up their faces and squinted.  From our of the tiny slits in his eyelids, Alfie spied something very strange.  Instead of standing at the front with her own eyes closed, Miss Root tiptoed around the room inspecting all the children’s teeth.  When she finally reached Alfie’s row at the back, the boy squeezed his eyes tightly shut for fear of getting into trouble.  Miss Root must have lingered looking at his rotten set, as the boy could feel her cold breath on his face for a while before she tiptoed back to the front of the hall.

“And that’s one minute!” the dentist announced.  “Thank you,  children, you can open your eyes…”

P 8 Alfie and Gabz looked at each other again.  They were the only two kids who had witnessed Miss Root’s peculiar behaviour…….. 

 1) What is the first thing people notice when they see Miss Root? P1
2) Describe Miss Root’s teeth in your own words P1
3) Describe Miss Root’s appearance in your own words P1, P2, P3
4) What did Alfie notice on Miss Root’s toe? P1
5) What did Miss Root ask the children to call her? P5
6) What was the unfortunate event that Miss Root was describing to the children? P6
7) Why were the children asked to close their eyes? P7
8) Do you think Alfie and Gabz are right in not trusting Miss Root? Justify your answer giving evidence from the text. (P1, P7)

Maths:

Times tables starter:

Today in maths, we are learning about subtracting fractions. Watch the following video and have a go at the questions underneath on paper.

German:

Writing/Saying what you like and dislike (food and drink)

 Here is the vocabulary we learnt last week to recap: 

To ask “Do you like …?” you say, “Magst du…?” and add the food or drink word in, eg, Magst du Tee? Magst du Heisse Schokolade? We did this with the fruits in Year 3. 

Here are some ways to reply: 

You can choose to do Task 1, Task 2 or both.

Task 1: practise with a partner or use two cuddly toys and make them “talk” to each other, (you could give them funny voices) and ask them in German if they like different foods from the menu and respond using the vocabulary given. Challenge: Get them to agree or disagree with each other by saying (Das stimmt – I agree, or das stimmt nicht – I disagree).

Task 2: divide a piece of A4 in two, put the heading on one half “Ich mag das” (I like that) and on the other half put the heading “Ich mag das nicht”. Write in German and illustrate foods/drinks you like and dislike in the right half. Challenge: look up any extra words using Google Translate. 

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Miss Jennings and Mrs Ganes

Home learning pack w/c 1st March

Here is the weekly home learning pack for this week.

The majority of the content is the same as the daily blogs but adapted slightly to avoid the need for external websites.

We are aware that moving from one link to another can be time-consuming for some so by uploading a week’s worth of learning we hope we can provide further support to those families who would prefer this method.

We have also created a home learning pack for children who may find the Year 4 work too challenging. Please find here:

Answers! Friday 26th February

Reading:

  1. It is a good thing that birds help scatter seeds because it means plants can grow in different places.
  2. If birds did not eat insects there would be a dangerouslu high number of insects around.
  3. One bird that eats dead animals is the magpie/carrion crow.
  4. A starling’s favourite food is cranefly larvae.
  5. There are fewer house sparrows around because of cats/air pollution due to more cars being used.
  6. The RSPB is a charity that protects birds in the UK.
  7. Fieldfares have to leave the countryside because of the cold weather and they need to look for food in gardens.
  8. There are more long-tailed tits and goldcrest birds around because they survived the warmer winter.
  9. Migrating birds can fly up to 200 miles every day.
  10. The word which means robins can get angry with other birds is ‘aggressive’.
  11. Any two facts:
  12. Loud,  chattering cackel;
  13. easily seen with their black and white feathers;
  14. hunt for leftover food and dead animals
  15. important insect controllers.

Maths:

Today’s learning – Friday 26th February

Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 11am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for the work will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

  • learn
  • length
  • library

Spelling:

This week, we are going to be revising our knowledge of the suffixes -tion, -sion, -ssion and -cian. A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning.

Have a go at this wordsearch to find your spelling words:

https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/printable-resources/wordsearch-small/wordsearch-6291.htm

Writing:

Can you write a story based on this image? Can you use ambitious vocabulary to describe what you would see, hear, think or feel?

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It had been three months since it had happened. It had been three months since she had seen another living soul. She had to be brave if she was to make it through…

English – Reading:

Today, we are going to complete a non-fiction reading comprehension. Read the text and have a go at answering the questions underneath.

  1. Why is it a good thing that birds help scatter seeds?
  2. What would happen if birds did not eat insects?
  3. Name one bird that eats dead animals?
  4. What is a starling’s favourite food?
  5. Give one reason why there are fewer house sparrows around.
  6. Who do the RSPB do?
  7. Why are fieldfares having to leave the countryside?
  8. Why are there more long-tailed tits and goldcrest birds around?
  9. How far can migrating birds fly on one day?
  10. Which word has been used that means robins can get angry with other birds?
  11. Write two facts about magpies.

Maths:

Times tables starter:

Today in maths, we are learning about subtracting fractions. Watch the following video and have a go at the questions underneath on paper.

Subtract 2 fractions

PSHE – Picture News:

This week’s story: The Egyptian authorities have built a 22-mile long wall around the resort of Sharm El-Sheikh to encourage more tourists to visit.

Question: Do walls divide us or protect us? 

Watch the following video for a virtual assembly all about this week’s news story! You may need to pause the video to give yourself some more time to think about the questions!

https://vimeo.com/channels/picturenews

Here are some other activities you could have a go at:

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Miss Jennings and Mrs Ganes

Answers! Thursday 25th February

Reading:

1)  Alfie wanted to do play computer games all night instead of listening to his dad’s stories.

2) A man who made the cardboard for cornflake packet was the guest of honour for the Prize Giving Day.

3) A dentist new to the town was going to give a speech on that particular day.

4) Alfie sat himself at the back row for the speech because he did not like dentists.

5) A little girl called Gabz was sitting next to Alfie.

6) Mr Grey is the headteacher of the school and he is described as the most unsuited person for the job as he is scared of the children, teachers and even his own reflection.  His surname suits him better because everything he wears is grey. He becomes very nervous when he gives a speech to the whole school.  Once he hid himself under the desk pretending to be a footstool when the school inspectors visited the school.

7) The children suddenly felt silent because Gabz the little girl shouted loudly on top of her voice.

8) The name of the dentist who was going to give the speech was Miss Root.

Maths:

Today’s learning – Thursday 25th February

Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 11am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for the work will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

  • learn
  • length
  • library

Spelling:

This week, we are going to be revising our knowledge of the suffixes -tion, -sion, -ssion and -cian. A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning.

Can you put these spelling words into your own sentences?

  • injection
  • expression
  • tension
  • hesitation
  • musician
  • expansion
  • discussion
  • magician

Writing:

Today, can you mend these ‘sick’ sentences? Can you add in adjectives and adverbs to make the sentences more interesting? Can you change the verbs to improve the sentences? You can also use a thesaurus to improve your vocabulary.

https://www.thesaurus.com/

The girl walked through the woods. There were metal objects on the ground. She was scared.

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English – Reading:

This half term, we will be reading The Demon Dentist by David Walliams. Read the text and have a go at answering the questions underneath. I have put the text and questions both as a picture and a document. They are both the same but you can decide which is easier to view on your device.

Thursday  -Demon Dentist                                                     Chapter 3   Whiter than White  (Pg:37 –  42)

P1 As Alfie grew older, he found it harder and harder to see these imaginary things.  As his dad spoke, the boy would open his eyes, become distracted, and begin to wish he could play computer games all night like the other kids at his new big school.

P2 “Pup, just close your eyes and believe…” his dad would say:  However, Alfie was beginning to think that now he was twelve, nearly thirteen, he was too old to believe in magic and myths and fantastical creatures.  He was about to find out how terribly wrong he was.

P3 The whole of the lower school was gathered in the hall.  The few hundred children were sitting in rows of chairs awaiting the guest speaker.  No one interesting ever visited Alfie’s school.  On Prize-giving Day the guest of honour had been a man who made the cardboard for cornflake packets.  The cornflake-cardboard man’s speech was so mind-numbingly boring, even he fell asleep delivering it. 

P4 Today there was a talk from the town’s new dentist.  It was to be a lecture about looking after your teeth.  Not wildly exciting, but at least it meant they were all out of lessons for a while thought Alfie.  Not liking dentists, Alfie sat himself right in the back row, in his bedraggled school uniform.  His shirt was once white but had long since gone grey.  His jumper was full of holes.  His blazer was torn in several places.  His trousers were too short for him.  Nevertheless, Alfie’s father had taught him to wear his uniform with pride; the boy’s frayed tie was always knotted absolutely perfectly.

P5 Slumped next to Alfie was the only kid in the school shorter than him. A very little girl called Gabz.  Seemingly shy, no one had heard her speak, despite her having been at the school now for a whole term.  Most of the time Gabz hid behind her curtain of dreadlocks, not making eye contact with anyone. 

P6 When all the kids had finally stopped monkeying around and sat down, the headmaster took to the stage.  If there was ever a competition to find the man most completely unsuited to being a headmaster, Mr Grey would win first prize.  Children scared him, teachers scared him, even his own reflection scared him,. If this job didn’t suit Mr Grey, his surname definitely did.  His shoes, his socks, his trousers, his belt, his shirt, his tie, his jacket, his hair, even his eyes were all shades of grey.

P6 “C-c-c-come on now, settle d-dd-d-don…..”  Mr Grey stammered when he was nervous.  Nothing made him more nervous that having to speak in from of the whole school.  Legend had it that one day the school inspectors visited and they actually found him hiding under his desk pretending to be a footstool.

P7 If anything, the hum of the kids became louder.  Just then Gabz stood on her chair and shouted at the top of her voice ……………. “COME ON! GIVE THE OLD FART A BREAK!!!”

P8 It might not have been the most flattering choice of words, but the headmaster allowed himself a brief flicker of a simile as all the kids at last fell silent.  Everyone looked at Gabz as she sat back down.  After her outburst, the girl was now surrounded by the strange glow of celebrity.

P9 “Good …” continued Mr grey, in his monotonous voice.  “ A bit less of the old though, thank you, Gabriella.  Now as a special treat for you, with a talk about looking after your teeth, here is the town’s new dentist.  P-p-p-please give a huge school welcome to the lovely Miss R-R-Root…”

  1. What did Alfie wanted to do instead of listening to his dad’s stories? P1
  2. Who was the guest of honour on Prize giving day?P3
  3. Who was going to give a speech on that particular day? P4
  4. Why did Alfie sat himself at the back row for the speech? P4
  5. Who was sitting next to Alfie?P5
  6. Describe Mr Grey in your own words. P6
  7. Why did the children suddenly fall silent? P7
  8. What was the name of the dentist who was going to give a speech? P9

Maths:

Times tables starter:

Today in maths, we are learning about subtracting fractions. Watch the following video and have a go at the questions underneath on paper.

Subtract fractions

Afternoon task 4 – D&T – Cooking and nutrition

Before completing any cooking at home, you must do so with adult supervision.

Here is a recipe for pasta salad:

Equipment:

  • Saucepan
  • Colander/sieve
  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tablespoon
  • Large wooden or metal spoon
  • Plate or bowl to serve

Ingredients:

  • Pasta (75g per person)
  • Vegetables (e.g. tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, sweetcorn, carrots, celery, red onion)
  • Oil (olive or vegetable will work)
  • Salt
  1. Boil pasta according to the instructions on the packet. Make sure you have an adult to help you. Drain the pasta when cooked and let it cool.
  2. Cut up any vegetables that you would like to add to your pasta salad. Make sure you have an adult to help you with any sharp knives.
  3. Put some pasta into a bowl.
  4. Add your vegetables.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of oil (you can add more if you need it).
  6. Add a pinch of salt.
  7. Mix together using a spoon.
  8. Put on a plate or in a bowl ready to eat!

Can you follow this recipe to create a healthy dish for your lunch or dinner?

Before you start, make sure you:

  • Decide what vegetables you are going to use in your pasta salad
  • Have the equipment and ingredients you need
  • Have washed your hands
  • Have tied up your hair if it is long

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Miss Jennings and Mrs Ganes

Answers! Wednesday 24th February

Reading:

  1. Alfie hid all the letters that came from the dentist.
  2. Alfie was terrified because he had a bad experience when he visited the dentist last time.  The dentist pulled out Alfie good teeth accidentally which left him with a lot of pain.
  3. Alfie lived just with his dad as his mum passed away when  giving birth to him.
  4. Alfie silently dragged a stool across the kitchen floor and tiptoed on it to reach the top of the larder where he hid all the letters.
  5. Dad gave up his job as a coal miner because he was very ill and the doctors said that  just one more lungful of coal dust would kill him.
  6. Alfie cared for his dad all on his own. Besides having to go to school and do his homework, he did all the shopping, cleaning,  cooking all the meals, and all the washing up. 
  7. Alfie’s dad is a good story teller.
  8. Alfie and dad enjoyed doing stories together. They would close their eyes and from their little bungalow Dad would take Alfie on all sorts of trilling adventures.  They would ride on magic carpets, dive under the oceans, even drive stakes through the hearts of vampires through stories. 

Maths:

Today’s learning – Wednesday 24th February

Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 11am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for the work will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

  • learn
  • length
  • library

Spelling:

This week, we are going to be revising our knowledge of the suffixes -tion, -sion, -ssion and -cian. A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning.

Have a go at these online games:

https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/games-6291.htm

Persuasive writing:

We use persuasive writing when we want to convince the reader to change their mind or opinion.

Watch this video to find out more:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/how-to-write-a-persuasive-text/zkcfbdm

Today, you are going to practise writing persuasive sentences before using them in your persuasive letter to Alfie next week. Make sure you have your work from yesterday to help you.

Watch this video to help you complete the grid to write some persuasive sentences:

Here are my notes from yesterday in case you need them:

English – Reading:

This half term, we will be reading The Demon Dentist by David Walliams. Read the text and have a go at answering the questions underneath. I have put the text and questions both as a picture and a document. They are both the same but you can decide which is easier to view on your device.

Wednesday  -Demon Dentist                                                                  Chapter 2  Believe     (Pg:  28-  36)

P1. Alfie ran out of the dental surgery as fast as his little legs would carry him.  That fateful afternoon that boy vowed that he would never ever go to the dentist’s again.  To this day he never had.  Appointments had come and appointment had gone.  Alfie had missed every single one.  Over the years there had been a sacksful of reminder letters form the dentist, but Alfie had hidden them all form his dad. 

P2. Alfie’s was a family of two.  Just him and his father.  The boy’s mother had died giving birth to him.  He had never known her.  Sometimes he felt sad. As if he missed his mother, but then he would tell himself, how could he miss someone he had never met?

P3. To hide the appointment letters front the dentist, the boy would silently drag a stool across the kitchen floor.  Alfie was short for his age.  He was, in fact, the second shortest kid at his school.  SO he would have to balance on his tiptoes on the stool to reach the top of the larder where he would hid the letters.  There must have been a hundred letters buried up there by now, and Alfie knew his father couldn’t reach them.  That’s because for many years Dad has been unwell, and had of late become confined to a wheelchair. 

P4. Before ill health forced him out of work, Dad was a coal miner.  A great big bear of a man, he had loved working down the pit an providing for his beloved son.  However, all those years he spent down the mine took a terrible toll on his lungs.  Dad was a proud man, and didn’t let anyone know about his illness for many years.  He worked harder and harder to dig more and more coal, eve taking on extra shifts to help make ends meet.  Meanwhile his breathing became shallower and shallower, until one afternoon he collapsed at the coalface.  When Dad finally came round at the hospital the doctors told him he could never ever go down a mine again.  Just one more lungful of coal dust could finish him off for good.  As the years passed Dad’s breathing worsened.  Getting another job became impossible, and even everyday tasks, something as simple as tying a shoelace, grew to be a struggle.  Soon Dad could only get around in a wheelchair.

P5. With no mum or brothers or sisters, Alfie had to care for his father alone.  Besides having to go to school and do his homework, the boy would do all the shopping, all the cleaning cook all the meals, and do all the washing up.  Alfie never complained though. He loved his dad with all his heart.

P6. Dad’s body may have been broken, but his spirit wasn’t.  he had a great gift for telling stories. “Listen, pup…” he would begin.  Dad would often call his son that, which Alfie loved.  The image it conjured up of a big soppy dog and a little puppy snuggling up together always made the boy feel safe and warm inside. 

P7. “Listen , pup …”  Dad would say. “All you have to do is close your eyes, and believe….”

From their little bungalow Dad would take his son on all sorts of trilling adventures.  They would ride on magic carpets, dive under the oceans, even drive stakes through the hearts of vampires. It was a multicoloured world of make-believe, a million miles away from their black- and-white existence.

“Take me to the haunted house again Daddy!” the boy would beg.

“Perhaps today, my pup, we will take a journey to the old haunted castle…..!”  Dad would tease.

P8 “Please, please, please….” Alfie would say.  Father and son would close their eyes and meet in their daydreams.  Together they:  went out fishing for the day in Scotland and caught the Loch Ness Monster;   climbed the Himalayan Mountains and came face to face with the Abominable Snowman; Slew a huge fire-breathing dragon. This was the world of the imagination.  Anything was possible in Dad’s and Alfie’s adventures.  Nothing could stop them.  Nothing! 

  1.  What did Alfie do to the reminder letters from the dentist? P1
  2. Why was Alfie terrified going to the dentist? P1
  3. How many members were there in Alfie’s family?  P2
  4. What did Alfie do to hide the appointment letters?  P3
  5. Why did dad give up his job as a coal miner? P4
  6. How did Alfie help his dad? P5
  7. What gift did Alfie’s dad have? P6
  8. What did Alfie and dad enjoy doing together? P7

Maths:

Times tables starter:

Today in maths, we are learning about adding fractions. Watch the following video and have a go at the questions underneath on paper.

Add 2 or more fractions

R.E. – The Mosque

A Mosque is a place of worship for Muslims. Watch this video to find out more:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-education-ks2-my-life-my-religion-east-london-mosque/zmctvk7

Can you read the following information and then add descriptions for each part of the Mosque? You can draw your own diagram on a piece of paper using the picture below and then add your labels.

What is inside a Mosque?

Qiblah WallThis is the wall in the mosque, which faces Mecca. When praying, Muslims face Mecca, as they believe it is the holiest city.  
MihrabThe mihrab is an alcove in the Qiblah wall. The Imam (leader) stands in the alcove to deliver prayers. The mihrab is normally very ornately decorated.  
MinbarMinbars are used on Fridays, the holy day. The person who is giving the special prayers (khatib) stands on one of the lower steps to deliver the prayers.  Nobody uses the top step as this is reserved for the prophet.  
Washing areaBefore going into the mosque, everyone must remove their shoes. They must then wash their hands, feet and mouths. There are separate washing areas for men and women.
MinaretThe call for prayer is called from the minaret by the imam (leader). This usually happens on Fridays although it can happen on other days as well.
Prayer matUsually when Muslims pray, they do so on a prayer mat. However, in a mosque the prayer hall is usually carpeted so they don’t need to bring mats. In this mosque, the carpet is designed so that everybody knows where to sit and how much space to take up.  

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Miss Jennings and Mrs Ganes

Answers! Tuesday 23rd February

Spelling:

-tion-sion-ssion-cian
invention
injection hesitation completion action
selection
erosion
tension expansion explosion invasion      
confession expression discussion admission permissionelectrician musician magician mathematician

Reading:

  1. Alfie’s teeth were almost all yellow.  The ones that weren’t yellow were brown.  They bore the stains of all the goodies that children love.  The teeth that were neither yellow nor brown had all fallen out.
  2. The dentist Alfie visited was called Mr Erstwhile.
  3. The dentist wanted to take out Alfie’s tooth was because it was completely rotten and a filling wouldn’t save it.
  4. The dentist asked Miss Prig and Miss Veal to help his out to pull Alfie’s tooth out.
  5. When the dentist couldn’t pull out the tooth he ordered Miss Prig to fetch some particularly thick dental floss.  He carefully tied the floss around the forceps, and then looped it around Miss Veal’s ample frame.  The dentist then instructed his rotund receptionist to leap out to the window on the count of three.
  6. The dentist called all his patients who were waiting outside to assist him.
  7. After several yanking Alfie’s tooth crunched into thousands of tiny fragments inside his mouth.
  8. After the tooth was pulled out, Alfie realised that he still had toothache and the dentist had taken out the wrong tooth!

Maths:

Today’s learning – Tuesday 23rd February

Here is your learning for today! We will go through it on our Zoom call at 11am and we can answer any questions you have. Answers for the work will be posted later today, so you can check your work.

English – Writing:

DAILY SPELLING CHALLENGE!

Today, why not learn how to spell these tricky words. Or, if you think you already know them, get an adult or older sibling to test you! This blog post tells you some fun ways to practise spellings: https://www.lawfordmead.essex.sch.uk/blogs/year4/2020/03/16/spellings/

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Spelling:

This week, we are going to be revising our knowledge of the suffixes -tion, -sion, -ssion and -cian. A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning.

Can you sort these spelling words into the correct columns? I have included some examples to help you.

injection, expression, tension, hesitation, musician, expansion, discussion, magician, completion, explosion, admission, action, permission, selection, invasion, mathematician

Planning a persuasive letter

Next week, we are going to write a letter to Alfie (the main character in The Demon Dentist) to persuade him to look after his teeth.

Can you use your research notes from yesterday and choose 3 pieces of advice you are going to give Alfie in each paragraph? I have given you an example for each, which you can keep or choose your own.

Here are some notes in case you need them:

English – Reading:

This half term, we will be reading The Demon Dentist by David Walliams. Read the text and have a go at answering the questions underneath. I have put the text and questions both as a picture and a document. They are both the same but you can decide which is easier to view on your device.

Tuesday -Demon Dentist                    Chapter 1 A Simple case of Toothache  (Pg:  19-27)

P1. Alfie hated going to the dentist.  As a result the boy’s teeth were almost all yellow.  The ones that weren’t yellow were brown.  They bore the stains of all the goodies that children love, but dentists hate.  Sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate.  The teeth that were neither yellow not brown simply weren’t there any more.  They had fallen out.  One had bitten into a toffee and stayed there.  Assorted fruit-flavoured chews had claimed others.  That’s because this twelve-year-old boy hadn’t gone to the dentist since he was very little.

P2. Alifie’s last visit was when he was around six. It was a simple case of toothache, but it ended in disaster.  The dentist was an ancient man. Mr Erstwhile.  Despite his good intentions, Mr Erstwhile should have retired many years before.  The dentist looked like a tortoise, an old tortoise at that.  He wore glasses so thick they made his eyes appear to be the size of tennis balls. Mr Erstwhile told Alfie the tooth in question was rotten, a filling wouldn’t save it and unfortunately he had no option but to  take it out. 

P3. The dentist yanked and yanked and yanked with his huge steel forceps.  But the tooth wouldn’t come.  Mr Erstwhile even rested his foot up on the chair by Alfie’s head to lever himself against it to help wrench the wretched tooth out.  Still it wouldn’t come.  The ancient dentist then enlisted the help of his even older dental nurse.  Miss Prig was instructed to hold on to him and tug as hard as she could.  Even then the tooth wouldn’t come.  Soon the hefty receptionist, Miss Veal, was asked to step into the room to help.  Miss Veal weighed more than Mr Erstwhile and Miss Prig put together. But even with all her Ballast, the tooth wouldn’t come. 

P4. Just then the dentist had an idea, and ordered Miss Prig to fetch some particularly thick dental floss.  He carefully tied the floss around the forceps, and then looped it around Miss Veal’s ample frame.  The dentist then instructed his rotund receptionist to leap out to the window on the count of three.  But even with all of Miss Veal’s immense weight yanking on the boy’s tooth, it still wouldn’t come. 

P5. With poor young Alfie still lying in terror on the dentist’s chair, Mr Erstwhild stepped into his waiting room to request reinforcements.  The growing crowd of patients waiting to be seen were all called upon to assist.  Young and old, fat and thin, the elderly dentist needed all the help he could get.

P6. Nevertheless, even with a lengthy human chain and an army of yanker, the tooth stayed well and truly put.  By this time poor little Alfie was in great distress.  The pain of having his tooth pulled out was a hundred times worse than the toothache.  However, Mr Erstwhile was determined to finish what he had started.  Sweating profusely, the thirsty dentist took a large swig of mouthwash, and gripped on to the forceps as tightly as he  could. 

P7. Finally, after what seemed like days, weeks, even months of yanking, Alfie heard a deafening CCCCCCRRRRRRUUUUUNNNNNCCCCCCHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!  The dentist had gripped so hard he had crushed the tooth.  It exploded into thousands of tiny fragments inside Alfie’s mouth.  With the ordeal finally over, Mr Erstwhile and all his helpers were lying in a tangled heap on the surgery floor.

P8. “Well done, everyone!” he announced, as his assistant Miss Prig helped him to his feet.  “Oh, that tooth was a stubborn little blighter!” Just then Alfie realised something.  He still had toothache.  The dentist had taken out the wrong tooth!

  1. Describe in your own words Alfie’s teeth?  P1
  2. What is the name of the dentist that Alfie visited? P2
  3. Why did the dentist wanted to take out Alfie’s tooth?P2
  4. Who helped the dentist to pull out Alfie’s tooth?  P3
  5. When the dentist could not pull out Alfie’s tooth what idea did he come up with? P4
  6. Who did the dentist call to help him out when his idea didn’t work? P6
  7. What finally happened to Alfie’s tooth? P7
  8. What did Alfie realise after the tooth had been pulled out? P8

Maths:

Times tables starter:

Today in maths, we are learning about adding fractions. Watch the following video and have a go at the questions underneath on paper.

Add fractions

Science

Eggshell and tooth enamel both contain calcium carbonate, which dissolves in acidic conditions.

I have put egg shells in 6 different drinks (orange juice, milk, Coke, Diet Coke, water and tea) to see what would happen to our teeth if they were left in the drinks for this long.

If you want, you can set up this experiment at home! Watch the video below to find out more:

Predictions:

Which drink is the best for our teeth? Which drink is the worst? Complete these sentences on a piece of paper. You can use the word bank underneath to help you:

I predict that the ___________________ will be the best for our teeth because…

I predict that the ___________________ will be the worst for our teeth because…

Observation 1 (after 2 days):

What has happened to the eggshells? Can you write a sentence for each liquid explaining what you can see has happened on a piece of paper?

  1. Orange juice – I can see the eggshell has _________________________ because…
  2. Milk – I can see the eggshell has _________________________ because…
  3. Coke – I can see the eggshell has _________________________ because…
  4. Diet Coke – I can see the eggshell has _________________________ because…
  5. Water- I can see the eggshell has _________________________ because…
  6. Tea – I can see the eggshell has _________________________ because…

Observation 2 (after 5 days):

Now you have watched the final video, can you answer these questions on a piece of paper?

  • Did any of the egg shells dissolve and break down?
  • Did any become stained?
  • Did any stay the same?

Results:

Which drink is the best for our teeth? _______________________

Which drink/s are the worst for our teeth? __________________________________________

Don’t forget to post your learning on Seesaw from today. We look forward to seeing all your work!

Miss Jennings and Mrs Ganes