Week Commencing 20.04.20
Rowan Class Term 5 Week 1
Daily Maths and English activities for year 4 and year 5 can be found on the tabs to the left.
Starter activity – In place of visiting an allotment, if you have access to some space in the garden to plant some crops you could think about what you need for the crops to grow successfully. I know some of you have started this already so well done! Perhaps you can join in with some digging, weeding, planting, propagating and harvesting! You could also find ways to measure the perimeter of your plots and measure the heights of the plants that are growing. If you are not able to do this, you could research allotments online and use the attached picture cards to try and imagine it!
Look at the attached sheets about allotments and the proposed allotment plots. Complete the worksheets reviewing the proposals and choose to vote on your preferred plot.
Here are some useful websites:
- The benefits of having an allotment – YouTube
- Food chains and food webs in animals – BBC Teach
Note: There are images of dead animals, which some children may find distressing
- Plants – BBC Bitesize
- Life cycle of a plant – Science For Kids
- The life cycle of an animal – BBC Bitesize
- Plants class clips – BBC Bitesize
- Seasonality table – BBC Good Food
This website has some ideas for you to grow crops at home:
English – Non chronological reports
The aim this week is to write a non-chronological report all about allotments. Please see attached some pictures and resources to help you. There is a planning sheet and then you can decide how to lay out the final draft yourselves. Remember the features of a report, including clear titles, paragraphs with clear sub titles, pictures and captions or labelled diagrams etc.
Look at the food chain worksheet and create some of your own.
Which predator eats the most varied diet?
What would happen in the allotment if the rabbit population increased?
What would happen if the allotment holder used pesticides that killed slugs?
Write a paragraph to explain how living things are dependent on one another within a habitat, using specific examples as evidence.
Look at the Life cycle diagrams to show the life cycles of a fox (mammal), frog (amphibian), blackbird (bird) and cabbage white butterfly (insect).
Recap on what a life cycle shows and explain how they are typically displayed.
Explore the life cycles, identifying and recording any similarities and differences you observe.
Challenge: Choose a different mammal, amphibian, bird or insect to research.
Examples could include a human, newt, sparrowhawk or ladybird. Produce a diagram of your chosen animal’s life cycle, then make comparisons with one of the initial life cycle diagrams.
If you can, try using some recycled materials to make your own planters and tubs. You could use: recycled wood, raised bed kits, old tyres and bricks and place these in an area with space for growing your own produce. Fill with soil and compost and try planting some seeds you have.
One big advantage of using raised beds is that they can be sited anywhere on a flat surface. Allotment or vegetable plots can even be created in a tarmac or paved area. You could improve drainage for your plants by placing a layer of rubble or gravel in the bottom of the beds. Remember it doesn’t have to be expensive… You can make planting beds using buckets or old wellington boots with holes drilled in the soles!
RE – Do rules matter?
Choose three ‘villains’ from stories, films or TV series that you love.
What makes these people bad? What rules do they break? What does their breaking of a code for living lead to?
For example: In Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ Scar, the villain, is selfish, ambitious, and a liar. These things lead him to deceive his nephew, murder his brother and steal the kingdom.
Make a list of 10 things you think are naughty.
Discuss what the effects/consequences of these naughty things are and write them down next to each one.
Talk about what makes an action naughty. Note that ‘naughty’ actions, or words often hurt other people or animals. Think about… do people sometimes hurt themselves when they are naughty?
Think about the way we make rules or principles to help us to be good. What rules do you think make most people happy? Can you suggest one rule for people to follow if they want a happier world, and make a beautifully lettered ‘rule card’ out if it. Hang this up in your home for everyone to see and follow.
Talk about the idea that a person often has a ‘code for living’ inside their head or heart that helps them to choose good things and say no to bad things. Write a line of ‘code for living’ and design it inside a heart.