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Week 5 w/b 18th May

Hello Everyone,
Thank you for sharing your last week’s work with me. I love seeing your home learning achievements!  
This is the last week before the half term and we will be finishing our Science topic about Light. I have therefore, given you more work in Science and removed the Geography based work for this week.

Measurements - continuation.

  • Use Math Capacity and Volume slides and get familiar with the millilitres, litres and reading scales.
  • If possible, use a real-life measuring jug/ containers to practise your measuring skills. Check the volume of your bottled drinks/ measure different amounts of water etc.

Some useful links:

These are the units we need to cover (all the worksheets are provided with the answer key)

  • Measure capacity
  • Compare capacities
  • Add and subtract capacities
  • Revise the mass and capacity knowledge using White Rose slides.
  • Finally, test yourself using the attached Assessment. Check your answers using Answer sheets.


Reading stimulates your imagination and expands your understanding of the world.  Did you know that people who read books live for around two years longer than those who don’t?! (according to a Yale University study).

These are some of the reasons why children should read for enjoyment every day.

I am curious to know what books you have read so far and which ones you have enjoyed most. Therefore, this week’s English task is to write a review of your favourite book.

Use the link to see some examples of children’s book reviews:

Use the slides to learn about features of a good book review.

Write your own book review using the checklist to help you.

Remember to take a clear photo of your work and send it to me to mark. Please write neatly (or type it on the computer if you want to practise your typing skills).



This week we are going to investigate SHADOWS and finish our shadow puppet theatres. You will need to prepare:

A torch/ lamp, a selection of familiar household items in a box (i.e.fork, scissors, glass, mug, ruler, toy), a collection of opaque, transparent and translucent objects including a pair of glasses with clear glass lenses and opaque frames, plastic bag.

An opaque object does not allow any light to pass through (plastic, metal etc)

A transparent object lets light pass through it. The image you can see through a transparent object is similar to the image you can see without it (standard glass/window)

A translucent material lets light pass through, but looking through it makes the object not clearly visible (frosted glass)

It would be best to investigate shadows in a darkened room with blackout blinds / or the same place where you investigated the reflective materials (airing cupboard/ storage room with no windows).

  • Let’s take a look at an extract of The Three Little Piggies to remind ourselves of what a shadow play involves.
  • In the play, the puppets cast shadows on a screen, but what are shadows? (They are caused when a beam of light is blocked by an object). REMEMBER: When we are investigating shadows we need to use powerful light sources that can damage your eyes if you look at them!
  • If possible, ask a parent, or your sibling to help you. It will be much easier to investigate the shadows in a darkened room. Your parent/ sibling will need to hold a torch/lamp pointing to a light-coloured wall/ screen or large sheet of white card/ tablecloth. Not looking at the torch/light source but facing a wall/screen, describe what you can see. (The light. The beam of light is uninterrupted)
  • Now, create some shadow shapes with your hand. What can you see?/Why? (Some of the light is falling on your hand so it doesn’t reach the screen. The shadow is the dark area blocked by your hand so the shadow is always the same shape as the hand).
  • Let’s find out more about shadows by investigating them:

Task 1 - Guess my shadow!

Ask your parent/ sibling to select an object from a box to cast a shadow in a beam of light. You must guess the object from its shadow.

Task 2 - Describe that shadow!

Ask your parent/ sibling to select an object (opaque/ transparent/ translucent) to cast a shadow. Which ones can you see most clearly? Why?

Try using the words opaque, transparent and translucent.

Task 3 - Hand Shadow Puppets

Try out different hand shadow puppets with a torch and screen - using the Hand Shadow Puppet Sheet

  • It is now time for you to make a screen for your puppet theatres. You will need some white tissue paper and glue. Look at the slides Puppet Theatre Instructions and attach the screen. Once you have finished, watch a short film clip of hand shadows. In this show, the audience are on the same side of the screen as the puppeteer so you can see him working.
  • What was good about the clip? Did you enjoy it? Now, look closely at a small section of it again. Slide the play bar back to the place where the adult takes the child’s hand (1.30mins) and pause it.  It is the same puppeteer who made both hands. How did he do it?
  • Let’s investigate how we can change the size of the shadow. Look at the Investigation slides. When you reach slide 5 you can investigate the 3 questions: (You will need to reduce light levels in the room or move to a dark space).

How can you make the smallest shadow?

How can you make the largest shadow?

How can you make the clearest shadow?

  • What did you notice? (That an object close to the screen casts the clearest shadow and that the distance of the light source from the object affects the size of the shadow. The further away the light source, the smaller the shadow and vice versa)
  • Continue through the slides and write down your results on the Investigation worksheet.
  • Lastly, go through the Final slides to sum up what you have learned about light and shadows.

Your final task is to make the shadow puppets you will need for your performance.

Look at the shadow puppet tutorial clip:

You don’t need to make them too complicated, using split pins. Just make sure your characters are drawn in profile (side view). Check shadow puppet examples for some ideas.

Decide what story you’d like to perform. It could be anything you are interested in, a story you invent yourself, an adventure set in the rainforest, or a traditional tale (as seen in “The 3 Little Piggies”). Think what puppets to make and don’t forget that you can also make shadow scenery and props for the play too!


Try to create your own tribal headdress. Watch a video about Kayapó Headdress (a tribe that lives in the Amazon rainforest)

Here are some ideas that you can use to create your own, unique tribal headdress:

You could use some paper feathers, see the tutorial on how to make them:

This is a more advanced version:

I look forward to seeing your designs!


Hopefully, it is enough to keep you all occupied! Have a lovely week ahead!

Take care!
Mrs Ryder