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:


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:

  • learn
  • length
  • library


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


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


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:


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?


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

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