Learning Together at Home: 28.05.20

Hello everyone! I hope you all got a chance to enjoy the sunshine yesterday 😊 I found some interesting leaves on my walk yesterday and had a go at this week’s art activity (on Tuesday’s blog), what do you think of my creation? I had to use colouring pencils because I don’t have any crayons in my house.

I am looking forward to ‘seeing’ you tomorrow in our virtual show and tell meeting in Teams at 10.30am. If you would like to share something that you have been doing at home you will be able to. It will be an audio only meeting though so you might want to think about things you can tell rather than show and tell!

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 by finding the mistakes? 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 creating a tongue twister using some of your words.

Correct these mistakes:

Extend your learning by creating a word search using your spelling list.

Literacy: reading

Hopefully you have managed to complete some of the reading comprehension tasks from the grids posted on Monday, aiming for at least two tasks of each colour. If you haven’t, keep going. If you have, read this short text and answer the comprehension questions in your jotter using full sentences and quality answers.

Spend at least 15 minutes reading some of a book (any book) out loud to an adult. Remember to read for pleasure as well, just like we do during BEAR time in school!

Maths: measurement

Hopefully you managed to access yesterday’s assignment all okay. Please get in touch if you had any problems. I am looking forward to seeing how you got on with fractions 😊

Daily 10 on Topmarks – choose a challenge that is appropriate for your learning.

Spend some time on Sumdog either working towards completing a challenge or developing a skill you want to improve.

Today we are going to start exploring measurement. We will begin with a little bit of revision and some measuring using what we call non-standard units.

A long time ago, people measured length in different ways including;

Hands (handspan)

Paces (the number of steps they took)

Cubits (your elbow to your fingertips)

Have a go at measuring the length of something nearby using each of these ways of measuring.

You should have three different answers. Why?

Thinking about what you have just learnt about each of the ways of measuring, complete the following in your jotter. Don’t forget a date and a title:

Estimating Lengths

  1. Estimate (this means guess) how many hands high a chair in your house is.
  2. Estimate how many hands high an adult in your house is.
  3. Estimate how many paces it is from a door to a wall.
  4. Estimate how many paces your hallway is.
  5. Estimate how many cubits it is from where you are sitting to the door.
  6. Estimate how many cubits your bed is.
  7. Estimate how many paces it is from the floor to the ceiling.

Measuring Lengths

Now measure the lengths above (if you can!) using the same units you used for your estimates. How close were you?

Can you think of any other non-standard units we could use to measure lengths?

The above methods are not the best ways of measuring lengths. Discuss why not with someone at home.

Measuring in Centimetres

Watch this clip from the BBC.


The clip talked about metres and centimetres but for today we will focus on centimetres. When we measure using centimetres, we write cm for short. Centimetres is a long word to write each time!

You will need a ruler for this activity

Look at the photograph below. A ruler measures small lengths in units called centimetres. Each number is positioned 1 cm apart from the next number.

In the photo, we can see, by reading the ruler, that the line I have drawn measure 8cm. It is really important to start measuring from where the lines begin (where it says cm on my ruler). We don’t begin measuring from the very end of the ruler. Make sure you understand how I measured 8 cm before moving on. Speak to an adult in your house, if you need a little extra help.

Often, on the other side of rulers, there are numbers and lines spread a little further apart. We would use this side if we wanted to measure something in inches. Inches were used more in the past until we moved to the metric system and started measuring in cm. You might still hear people talking about feet and inches instead of metres and centimetres. This is especially true when we talk about people’s heights.

Measure these lines using a ruler and write down their lengths (in cm) in your jotter.

You need to make sure you write cm (remember, it’s short for centimetres) after the number. For example, 8 cm. This shows that you have measured in centimetres rather than metres or inches or any other unit.

More lines!

Ask someone at home to draw at least 6 different lines for you. Measure and write down the length of each of them. It is important you begin measuring from the very end of each line. Remember where to place your ruler.

Measuring Objects

Go around your house and measure at least 5 small objects. Write down the name of the object and its length in centimetres. Ask an adult to help you to begin with to make sure your ruler is in the correct place.

If you are finding measuring in cm tricky, measure using some nun-standard units instead.

Some questions to consider

Why do we need to measure anything at all? Discuss with someone at home.

Can you think of any jobs people do that require them to use measurements? What might happen if we didn’t have standard units such as cm?

For more practice, play this game on Topmarks:


RME will be in a separate blog post.

See you tomorrow Clever Cats!