This week's English lessons are all based around deadly creatures.
You can practise all your skills of description. Think about choosing the nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs carefully so you create a clear picture in the mind of your reader. Remember, too, all the work we have done on expanded noun phrases.
a sinuous, slithering snake
a sinuous, slithering snake with green, glassy eyes
'The snake slithered menacingly across the floor as it fixed me with its glassy eye' is more effective than 'the snake went across the floor while it looked at me'.
There is also some factual writing. When we have done this in the past, we have often jumbled up our points so make sure that you plan carefully and use subheadings to group facts together that are linked in some way.
This week our learning project is all about V.E. (Victory in Europe) Day which will be celebrated on Friday 8th May. V.E. Day is the day everyone remembers the official end of the Second World War in Europe, although the fighting went on in other parts of the world for a short time.
This year the usual Bank Holiday is special because it is the 75th anniversary of this important occasion. Of course, all the exciting events that had been planned will have to be changed but here are some ideas how you can find out more and maybe have your own little celebration at home. Send me a photo of your work or party on the email address you were give and I will put your pictures on the Year 5 web page.
This week we are looking at how plants make more plants or reproduce. Take a look at the PowerPoint then have a go at the activity sheets. There are different versions of the first sheet so you can pick the one that is right for you. This is a very difficult topic so take care when finding information on the internet because it will quickly get too complicated. Maybe find an adult who can talk it over with you and don't try to go too deep.
The second sheet tells you how to take plant cuttings. You will need some adult help with this because you use a sharp knife. It would be a great outdoor activity.
We are learning more about South America this week and looking at the Amazon Rainforest. Read the fact file and maybe do a bit of your own research then try to complete the map activity. Again, there are different levels of difficulty so choose the one that is right for you.
We are looking at the work of another South American artist - Joaquin Torres Garcia - great name!
Torres Garcia was famous for using symbols in his artworks. He made toys, paintings and sculptures.
His biggest influences were the artist, Mondrian and ancient people such as the ancient Greeks (remember last weeks English work) and Egyptians. Ancient people used symbols to tell stories and record information. Torres Garcia used this as a way of communicating his ideas too.
Torres Garcia wanted his work to look flat on a grid.
He preferred earthy colours and used symbols from music, religion, traffic, technology and ancient cultures.
Study the photo pack below and find his pictures on the internet. Look at how he creates his works of art. Think about things, people, events, memories etc that are important to you. Now think of a symbol that could represent each idea and put the symbols together to create your own Torres Garcia picture. You could paint, draw or use collage or a computer drawing program.