Well that’s another week of ‘Lockdown Learning’ completed for all of us. I do hope you have enjoyed (or at least endured) the activities I set for you over the last 5 days. Personally, I have had a really good week in ‘Yellow Bubble’ – it has been great to actually be in the classroom with some of our key-workers’ children, to see them completing the work their teachers have set and to do some artwork with them in the afternoons but to be honest, I have seen enough ‘Tik-Tok’ style dance routines to last me a lifetime!! I look forward to seeing more of you in school when conditions allow - hopefully it won’t be too long.

Here are today’s learning tasks for you to have a go at and,as usual, don’t panic if you are not managing to finish everything - just go at your own pace and do your best.

Maths- Using the same Home Learning Pack booklet (week two) turn to page 2.

  • Have a go at completing the ‘Add and Subtract Integers’ problems. You must read the question carefully before trying to answer it, as you need to understand exactly what is being asked before you can attempt to solve the problem. Good luck

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

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

  • Now answer these questions:

  1. Look at the paragraph beginning: ‘Where was Miah?’ Why did Ennio take a different route back to Mr Romano?

  2. When Ennio first entered Mr Romano’s house, why did he think that the whisky bottles would be smashed?

  3. Look at the paragraph beginning: ‘Standing with her…’ to the paragraph ending: ‘…knew she wouldn’t.’

What do you think was going through Miah’s mind during this time?

  1. Look at the paragraph beginning: ‘As I drove…’

Why were Dad’s and Fred’s faces red and damp?

  1. In what ways might Ennio’s character appeal to many readers? Explain fully referring to the text in your answer.


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

Ennio looked at all the smashed items in the kitchen and wondered where Mr Romano kept his whisky.

Ennio’s smugness turned to shock when he returned to Mr Romano.

Ennio frantically pedalled back up the hill.

Ennio headed straight to the farmhouse.

Ennio felt pleased that Mr Romano had carpet in his living room.

Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation –

  1. Circle the correct homophones to complete the sentences below.

Ennio’s legs burned as he pedalled back up the hill; he was feeling wary/weary. On his way home, he spotted a stationary/stationery excavator. He didn’t have a driving licence/license but did know how to operate a digger.

  1. Change the sentences from active to passive or from passive to active. The first one has been done for you:

Active: Ennio picked up a bottle of whisky.

Passive: A bottle of whisky was picked up by Ennio.

Active: Mr Romano drove the tractor.



Passive: The workmen’s hut had been damaged by a falling tree.

  1. Choose a suitable adverbial to complete the sentence below.

Dad and Fred were busy striking the wall with their pickaxes; _____________ Ennio was on his way home with an excavator.

  1. Insert a semicolon in the sentence below to mark the boundary between the two clauses.

Ennio had operated an excavator before he remembered what to do with the two levers.

  1. Circle the option which shows how the underlined words in the sentence below are used.

As I drove up the path, I heard the rhythmic clank of two pickaxes striking rock.

as an adverbial of time as an adverbial of manner as a subordinate clause as an adverbial of place

Writing – We have seen how Ennio and Miah react in various situations. Compare the two characters noting any similarities and differences.

Load the writing 2do on the Purple Mash webpage.

Follow the tips and clues on the left hand side of the page to help you with your writing.

As always, refer to the text for evidence when you make a point about one of the characters e.g.

I think Ennio is brave because…..he climbed into a damaged house to try to save his gran.

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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