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/

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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.

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

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