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Week 9 w/b 22nd June

Hello my dear class!

This week you will learn about rivers and seed dispersal. We will revise grammar (tenses) and column subtraction. Finally, we will learn about Impressionism and find out how to create your own artwork in the style of Monet. Hope you will enjoy these activities.


This week you will investigate how rivers are formed and learn about their journey:

  • If possible, go outdoors (to your garden/ field etc) and create a slope (A muddy, gravelly or sandy slope). Imagine that this is a hill or mountainside.
  • Next pour water over the top of the mountain, as if it is raining very hard. Observe the effect on the slope without getting wet! Try not to interrupt the flow of water.
  • Pour the water over the slope, refilling the watering can if necessary. What do you notice? (The water always flows downwards, it finds the shortest route down, it cuts a channel through the sand/soil, it carries light particles with it, and sometimes the trickles/streams from different parts of the hill join together in the lower regions).
  • Depending on what type of slope you have, you may notice that some water seeps into the ground. What you have seen is just like rain falling on high ground, e.g. a mountain or moorland. The water will begin to flow downwards in trickles that join with others to form larger streams, always finding the fastest route downwards. Rushing water is powerful and it will cut a pathway through sand, soil and even through rock over time. As the slope becomes more gradual, the river widens, always flowing downhill until it eventually reaches the sea.
  • Watch a video about River Severn and its journey

  • Use the slides to get familiar with some geographical terms (confluence, delta, estuary, floodplain, levee, meander, mouth, gorge, source, waterfall, channel)
  • Label the diagram River Features (worksheet)
  • Watch a video – song called River Journey to revise the river facts:

  • Watch the video of an expedition to the Amazon river. Which river features can you notice?

  • Research some major facts about the Amazon river (journey of the Amazon worksheet).


Revision: Subtraction

We are going to practise column subtraction method with 1,2 and 3 digit numbers.
Again, we have already learned this method in Autumn term, so you should all remember it. However, use this video as a refresher:

Use the worksheets to practise your subtracting skills and check your answers.


This week you will read poems by Robert Louis Stevenson. You will concentrate on practising tenses.

  • Use the slides (1-4) on present and past tenses.
  • Read ‘A Good Play’ poem by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Practise past and present tense and then write creatively about the best indoors play that you can imagine. Remember: Write in the past!
  • Use the slides again (5-7). This time concentrate on progressive form of past tense.
  • Read ‘The Swing’ poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Practise past progressive form.
  • Draw a picture of your playground.
  • Write some sentences in the progressive form to say what you were playing and doing.
  • Use the final slides (8-12) from the presentation on perfect form of past tense.
  • Read the poem ‘Where Go the Boats’.
  • Practise the perfect form (turn each of the simple past tense sentences that you found into the perfect form)
  • Finally, choose your favourite poem and memorise it. 
  • I look forward to reading your descriptions about the best indoor play/ best playground. Remember to take a clear photo of your work and send it to me to mark. Please write neatly!



This week we will learn about seed dispersal and will look at the lifecycle of a plant.

  • Plant seeds can be dispersed in a number of different ways. Some seeds are transported by wind, some by water, some are designed to explode, and some are carried by the animals on their fur.
  • Watch the video to see the seed dispersal:

  • Use the slides to learn about seeds and how they are dispersed
  • Watch videos about the lifecycle of a plant

Useful vocabulary: Fruit, seed, parent plant, dispersal, germination

  • Revise the vocabulary by labelling the lifecycle of a plant.
  • Now it is the time to grow your own plants. A runner bean is best (as grows fastest and is quite big) but any plant seed will do. Remember, it is your task to look after this plant so make sure you provide it with the right conditions (soil, space, water, sun, air). Some people say that if you talk to plants they grow better! Maybe you could read a chapter from your book to your ‘plant baby’? 😊


Rivers have long been a source of inspiration for artists. Consider light and colour in Monet’s River Thames series work and how his new style gave rise to the term “Impressionism”. Learn about the life and work of this great artist and create your own river artworks.

You will need:

  • Cartridge or art paper
  • A selection of acrylic paints
  • Mixing pallets (or piece of cardboard), water pots, brushes and soft pencils
  • Instead of paints you may use pastels
  • Look closely at some of the River Thames series of paintings by the French artist Claude Monet (Art Resources), thinking particularly about his use of light and colour to create an impression.
  • Learn some facts about the life and work of Claude Monet (Art slides)
  • Mix and match colours from Monet’s work using mixing pallet or a piece of cardboard
  • Use the 4 predominant colours to paint your own version of one of Monet’s River Thames paintings.

Have a fantastic week and let me know how you are getting on with your work!

Take care!
Mrs Ryder