Learning Together at Home: 22.04.2020

Happy Wednesday P3C!

If you haven’t already, check out BBC Bitesize who are posting lots of educational videos for all subjects. This link will take you to the Scottish First Level videos: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zgckjxs

The church has been given a lovely big pot of daffodils at the church door but they won’t last so are asking old and young to paint stones and leave them at the church door instead when passing on their daily exercise. It could be a stone painted with a rainbow, it could be a stone painted with some flowers, it could be anything the children would like to paint. The idea is that that when the pandemic is over, we will keep all the stones as a memory of how the children played their part so well by adapting to being at home and not seeing school staff or friends and how as a community we looked after one another, painted rainbows and put teddies in the window. 

Tomorrow I am going to post the first two chapters of our new class novel. It’s called Really Weird Removals.com by Daniela Sacerdoti. If you haven’t already, I would recommend doing yesterday’s ICT research task to help you understand a little bit more about the book. Today I would like you to do some visualising. Ask someone to read out these descriptions of some of the characters while you draw what you think they look like (like we did with the BFG waaaaaay back at the start of the year).


I can smell a cloud of essential oils all around her. It’s a good smell. It’s my mum’s smell. Her name is Isabella. She has wavy brown hair all around her face like a halo, and blue-green eyes with little brown speckles in them. She wears flowing skirts and dangly earrings, and lives in a world of her own.

Uncle Alistair

He does look like my father. Blond, a reddish beard, blue eyes, the same spaced-out look, like he’s short sighted. He looks a bit like Doctor Who, tweed suit, bow tie and all, except he’s blond. And very loud.


I know I should say my sister’s annoying and she’s a pest and all the things boys usually say about their little sisters, but the truth is, Valentina’s a laugh. She’s a bit spacey and eccentric. She loves walking barefoot; she has long blond hair, which she refuses to tie back; and big brown eyes. She’s also very, very sharp. She has a passion for animals. But not ponies and kittens and puppies like most little girls. No Valentina’s into weird and scary creatures.


My dad can be scary. He’s very tall, unlike me (I take after my mum where height is concerned) and he has a nose like a Roman statue – you know, big and straight. He hardly ever speaks to us, so when he does, we listen: we’ve either done something really, really amazing or we are in big trouble.

Think about:

  • Who is telling the story?
  • What do you think they look like?
  • Do you think it is a girl or a boy? Why?
  • How does this person feel about their parents? Their sister? Their uncle?
  • What does ‘eccentric’ mean?
  • What do you think ‘lives in a world of her own’ means?
  • What does it mean if someone is ‘very, very sharp’?

Literacy: grammar

Let’s look at plurals. A plural of a thing is when we have more than one. For example, one pencil (singular), two pencils (plural) or one cup, two cups, one dress, two dresses. To make the word plural we either add s or es. This video will help you understand when to use s and when to use es to make a plural:

When you are feeling confident, have a go at completing these tasks in your jotter:

Literacy: spelling

Think about your spelling words. Do you need more practice? Are you ready to show you know them by applying them in a new context? Or are you looking to extend your learning?

Practice your spelling words using one of the suggestions on your spelling homework grid.

Apply your understanding by writing a story using every one of your spelling words or by creating an acrostic poem of some of your spelling words.

Extend your learning by completing a thesaurus challenge (find three words that mean the same thing for each of your spelling words) or an antonym challenge (find a word that means the opposite of each spelling word).

Alternatively, have a look at the Spelling Activity Matrix document posted yesterday for some more ideas of how to extend your learning.

Maths: data handling

A graph is a way to show information that makes it easier to understand and compare. So far you have looked at pictographs which use a key. Today we are going to look at bar graphs.  

Bar graphs are simple graphs in which the height of each bar provides information. Bar graphs use a few vocabulary words that help us understand the information in the graph.

  • The graph title helps us know what information we can find on the graph. The graph title is usually found at the top of the graph. Our sample bar graph’s title is Favourite Activity.
  • The axes are the two sides of the graph. The vertical axis runs goes from top to bottom. The horizontal axis runs along the bottom of the graph.
  • The axes labels tell us what information is presented on each axis. In our sample graph, one axis is Things to do. The other is Number of People.
  • The scale tells us how many or how much. In our example, the scale uses the numbers 1, 2, 3.
  • The bar height tells us the value of each option. In our example, the height of the bars tells us how many people like to do each activity.

Using the bar graph above, answer these questions:

  1. How many people like to go to the ice rink?
  2. How many people like to go to the cinema?
  3. How many people like to go swimming?
  4. How many people like to go to the gym?
  5. What is the most popular thing to do?
  6. What is the least popular place to go?
  7. How many more people chose the cinema than the ice rink?
  8. How many people were asked in total?
  9. How many people did not choose to go to the cinema?

When you are feeling confident, have a go at answering these questions:

Sometimes the scale of a bar graph will change. Look carefully at the numbers going up the side of these bar graphs before you answer the questions.

Extra challenge: horizontal bar graphs. Look very closely at the scales of these graphs.

You could also have a go at creating your own bar graph and questions for someone else to answer. Remember you need to know the answers to check if they got them right! For example, you could find out which street has the most rainbows in it or you could ask all your stuffed animals what their favourite colour/food/hobby/instrument/type of biscuit/animal is…

Don’t forget to also have a look at Sumdog and have a go at the challenges!

Handwriting will be in a separate blog post.

See you tomorrow!