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English Homework:

500 words!
The annual, Radio 2, 500 Words contest is upon us again! I've no doubt many of you will have been thinking about entering already.
For this week's homework, I'd like you to create your own 500 Words entry.

Reading Homework:

Try to read/listen to your child read every evening. Please sign off and record any pages read in their reading-record.

Maths Homework:

Make sure two pages of the arithmetic book are completed in time for Thursday; complete extra pages for bonus house points.


Humanities Homework:

For the next two terms we'll be studying the Ancient Egyptians. Keep the study going by taking on one of the following tasks at home:
- Create an Egyptian death mask
- Presentation on an aspect of Egyptian life that interests you
- Write a diary as though you were a person living in Ancient Egypt.


Maths Homework:
Make sure one page of the arithmetic book is completed in time for Thursday; complete extra pages for bonus house points.


“…the most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels. It has to do with empathy.” – Barack Obama, 2015.
Stories can have an amazing impact on their reader. Woven craftfully into so many books is the power to bring people to tears, to install fear, to renew strength and lift humanity to new heights. But how can this be achieved in our own writing?
In our last few months we’ll be trying to discover how we can ensure the reader can empathise with our character’s plights, as we craft an emotive short-story.
How can you help at home:
Keep reading as much as possible – reading widely really helps provide endless inspiration.


How long was an average Viking long boat?
How did the Vikings influence our calander?
How did the Anglo- Saxons and Vikings influence our spending?
Investiagte the present population of the Scandinavian countries?
Approximately how many miles did the Vikings travel?

How could you help at home:
Use a scale, to work out some of these answers.

Science and Computing

What are the main characteristics of living organisms? How many bones in the human body? What other facts do you kow about the human body? What provides energy for a food chain? Circ Beech dig system
What might you use Publisher or similar software for? How much work goes into creating a leaflet?
How can you help at home:
Try to find examples of eye-catching leaflets and other graphic products and decide what makes them effecrive. Visit the science section of the BBC key stage 2 bitesize website.

Creative Development

What were the features of a Viking longboat? How do you think such boats were designed.
What is the best shape for a shield? Which materials would the Vikings of used for making their shield?
Who wrote the Ride of the Valkalries?
Have you heard this piece of music in films and adverts?
How can you help at home:
Who was Wagner, what did he create and compose?


What sports did the Vikings play? How did the Vikings train?
Think about how we look after ourselves in relation to bodily hygiene.
How can you help at home:
Practice throwing, catching and jumping in preparation for participating In the athletics awards (EAA)
Think about daily routines in regard to personal hygiene.


Who were the Anglo- Saxons and the Vikings? When did the Vikings invade? How do we know they lived here? What do you kow about King Alfred the Great? What happeed in 1066?
Where did the Vikings and Anglo- Saxons originate from?
Who wrote “the gospels”? What defines them? How are they different? What different perspectives did they show?
How can you help at home:
Try visiting the Ashmolean museum in Oxford or the Corinthian museum in Cirencester. You may decide to walk along part of Offa’s Dyke or go to Odda’s chapel in Deerhurst.

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Class Timetable (subject to change)

School Begins
Session 1 Maths Maths Maths Maths Maths
Session 2 English English English English English
Session 3 Topic Topic Topic Topic PE
Break (KS1 Only)
Session 4 Computing Science PE RE PE
School Ends