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:


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 put these spelling words into your own sentences?

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


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.

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


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:


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


  • 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

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