Good morning everyone. I hope you had a great weekend and are suitably enthusiastic about completing another week of ‘Lockdown Learning.’ I have been quite busy organising the next fortnightly pack of learning tasks for you to complete at home and it will be ready by the end of the week. As is now usual, I am basing much of our English work on texts available on Purple Mash so make sure you have your log in details to hand as you’re going to need them in order to access the work I’ve prepared. If you are having problems logging on to Purple Mash then please ring school for some advice.

Here are today’s learning tasks for you to have a go at.

Maths – Find the sheet entitled ‘Witten methods for addition and subtraction.’

  • Look at the section with a square shape in the margin. You will see 16 pairs of numbers. All you have to do is either add or subtract them. You need to look carefully at the pairs though e.g.

b) 274 481 I would choose to add these as the small number comes first.

d) 406 381 I would choose to subtract these as the big number comes first.

Just because I would choose this method doesn’t mean you have to do the same. The decision is yours what to do.

  • Now have a go at the section that has a circle in the margin. It does say you can check your answers with a calculator but you have to work them out without one first.

Comprehension - Log onto purple mash and find the 2 dos about our new chosen text: ‘Just the beginning.’

  • Read the first chapter of the book and answer the online multiple choice questions.

  • Now answer these questions:

1. Name two activities that Ennio and Miah enjoyed doing together.

2. Look at the paragraph beginning: Miah could climb… Find and copy one word meaning very often.

3. Look at the paragraph beginning: “You won’t!”… to the paragraph ending: bacon for breakfast. Find and copy one word used instead of said

4. What evidence is there to suggest that Ennio and Miah are competitive?

5. Great landslides spilt into the valley like avalanches. I don’t know how long it lasted, but it seemed like many long minutes. Why do you think that it seemed like many long minutes?


  • Put these events in the order in which they happened in the story, numbering them from 1 to 5.

Miah boasted that she was the queen of the mountain.

Miah was teasing Ennio about being slow.

All of a sudden, they fell to their knees.

The pair started throwing stones at each other in a playful manner.

Ennio and Miah were hanging out together on the mountainside.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

  1. Choose the correct spellings to complete the sentences below.

The earthquake must have been a size because the surrounding area was shaken. It was a disaster.

  1. Underline the relative clause in the sentence below.

They had a swimming pool, which Miah and I had helped dig out of the rock last year.

  1. Rewrite the following sentence so that it is in the passive voice.

Miah sent a stone whizzing towards my feet.

  1. Explain why a colon has been used in the sentence below.

From the valley far below, there came the most incredible noise: a mass of cracks and booms, rumbles and moans.

Writing – The story ‘Just the beginning’ is all about friendship. Write about your best friend. What is special about your friendship? You should try and use the hints and suggestions in the box below to guide you.

Who is your friend? Do you have a nickname for him/her? How did that nickname come about?

How long have you known your friend? How did you meet?

Why do you like spending time with him/her? What makes them such a good friend?

Describe some of the best moments you have had with your friend?

Has your friendship ever been in question? What happened and how did you overcome the problem?

Do you and your friend have any exciting plans for the future? A holiday or birthday sleepover or starting a new school? What are you looking forward to?


Reading - As always, find yourself a quiet corner where you won’t be disturbed, and read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.

Stay safe –

Mr. A.


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