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St Matthew's CE Primary School

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English - Reading

This week we will be finishing our work on Black Beauty.

Task 1

Read chapter 12. How has Ginger changed from the beginning of the book to this chapter. Find some descriptions from the beginning of the book and this chapter to explain your point of view.


How does it feel for us as a reader when we hear that Ginger has died at the end of the chapter? How does Black Beauty feel?


Task 2

Read to the end of the book.


Task 3

Write a review of Black Beauty. What have you enjoyed about the book? Why is it known as a classic? Would you recommend the book? Who do you think would enjoy reading this book? Have you ever read any books like it?


Task 4

With everything you know about this book, design a new front cover for it. What picture and information would you use on the front to make it attractive to other readers and show the themes of the book?

English - Writing

This week we will be writing our weather reports.


Task 1

Look up some pictures of different weathers or weather maps. These can be found easily by googling BBC weather maps.

Choose a weather map or a type of weather which appeals to you. This will be the start of your plan. Write a list of important things which you will need to explain and describe on this map. You may also like to imagine what the weather will be like the next day. You could draw this and use this as part of your report as well. This task should take about 45 minutes.


Task 2

Today you are going to write your weather report using all the ideas you noted down yesterday. You will need to remember to use: modal verbs, fronted adverbials, commas, capital letters and full stops in the right place. You also need to use paragraphs showing the different things you need to write about from the map.


Task 3

Look back at your report from yesterday. Today you are going to edit it.

You need to look at:

  • Spellings
  • Read it through – does it make sense?
  • Add in some more adventurous vocabulary
  • You may need to edit a whole paragraph or sentences to improve them
  • Check your punctuation is in the correct place


This is a good activity to do with an adult. This should take you half an hour – 40 minutes of hard work with an adult.


Task 4

Instead of writing up your reports this week, I think it would be good to present your report to your family as if you are a weather reporter from the TV. You will need to practise how to present it and think about where you will put your script so that you are looking at your audience, not your page. You may even like to create a large map for you to refer to.

English - Spelling

The Year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists are saved at the bottom of the page. Look at these lists and choose 6 words which you are going to learn how to spell this week.

You can practise them by:

•             Writing them as pyramid words

•             Using the look, cover, write, check process

•             Write them into sentences

•             Find their meanings

•             Write acrostics or mnemonics to help you remember


This week we are looking at reading scales. There are two tasks for you to do.


Task 1

Watch this video and then look around your house and find as many things as possible which have a scale on. Can you identify the maximum number in the scale and how big each interval is? This is a shorter activity and should take 30 minutes.


Task 2

There are two worksheets saved at the bottom of the page for you to have a go at. This is a longer task and will possibly take up to 45 minutes and you may need to discuss the second sheet with an adult as you go.


On Thursday, in school, we will be using our reading scales knowledge to do some baking that we can enjoy as part of our marble treat. You may like to do some baking at home as well.


This week we will be doing some RE looking at the Easter story. We will be thinking of the concept of Salvation. You could think about what salvation means to you, to Christians.

Then read the account of the Easter story and find out where the salvation happened.

You might like to think about who was responsible for Jesus’ death.

Alice will be speaking to the children about why she thinks Jesus died on Wednesday at 2:30pm. If you would like to join us for this session over teams, let us know.



If you do Nessy in school normally, you can continue doing this at home. The login word is 'softboon' and then you will need to type in your own name. 

Suggested Timetable of Subjects

Here is a suggested time table that you could use each day which reflects a similar timetable that we have in class. You can use it if you wish but it is not compulsory. I know that learning at home can be more intense than in the classroom setting, therefore there is a slight reduction to account for this. 

9.00-9.30 9.30-10.30 10.30-11.00 11.00-11.15 11.15-12.15 12.12-1.15 1.15-1.30 1.30-2.30
Reading English/Writing Break Spellings Maths Lunch and Break Handwriting

Theme and/or daily tasks

Ongoing activities to be completed daily: Again please do what you can. 

1. Reading your reading book from school for at least 10 minutes. If you have finished these, you can read a book from home and record it into your yellow reading journal. 

2. Times Table Rockstars: Practise your set times tables (Should be in your homework book) for at least 10 minutes each day. If you are at home and need to be moved to the next level, please get in touch.

3. Mathletics is updated weekly as part of your homework. Go onto your account to check that you have completed your set activities.