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Tuesday 08/06 – Reading

Goal: I can identify the author’s purpose.

First, think about what you have learnt about the author’s purpose. You can use the image below to remind you.

Sometimes it is clear that an author has one specific purpose. For example, a persuasive text where the author states their opinion and explains what they are trying to convince you about is clearly designed to persuade. Another example would be a really funny, silly text like Roald Dahl’s Rhyme Stew, where the author is just wanting to entertain you.

Some texts, however, may be an entertaining story that includes informative facts. An informative text could provide you with facts, but these facts might be designed to persuade you. Authors don’t always have only one, clear purpose!


Next, read the text Kids News article about funny animal photos below. You can download the pdf to read, or press play to hear it read to you.

Funny photos have judges howling like hyenas

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Then, write down what you think the purpose of this text is. Explain why you think this. You might use these sentence starters to help you:

I think the author’s purpose for this text is to…

I think this because this text tells us that…

I noticed in this text…


Finally, if you would like to see some more of the animal photos and read some more about this topic, you can use this link:

More funny photos of animals

There are also some questions and activities at the bottom of the page if you feel up for a challenge!

Tuesday 08/06 – Writing

Goal: I can write interesting and engaging captions for a picture

Captions are used to help explain what is happening in a picture. Sometimes they can simply tell you what is in the picture, however, it can also an opportunity to use your creative writing skills! Today you are going to write some creative captions for funny animal photos.

Your caption should talk about what could be happening in the picture. You might like to come up with a funny idea of what the animal was thinking, doing or feeling when this photo was taken.

You might even like to write it as though it is the animal’s voice!

You could also describe some features of the animal or the environment.

First, press play to view/listen to the PowerPoint showing some Comedy Wildlife Photography photos.

You can download the PowerPoint to view the photos here:

Write a caption for these funny animal photos


Next, choose three (or more) of the photos and write a caption for each one that would grab a reader’s attention or make them laugh! Here is an example:

Remember that you can make your captions as silly as you like! Use your imagination.

Finally, if you would like a challenge, take one of the photos and imagine that it is an illustration from a story. Write a short narrative about these animal characters.

Tuesday 08/06 – Maths

Goal: I can name and use subtraction strategies to solve problems.


Today you will do your maths lesson in your small group with your teacher. Make sure you come to your meeting prepared and ready with your maths book, a ruler and a pencil. Get your page ready by writing the date at the top and the learning goal at the top of your page!

Tuesday 08/06 – STEAM

Goal: I can build a boat that will float and hold weight.

Today, you will be designing your own boat that can float and hold weight. Before you begin building, ask the following questions, What do you already know about boats? What do you know about sinking and floating?

First, watch this video

Next, collect items from around your home to build your boat! Remember your boat will need to float so you might think about items such as; straws, tape, glad wrap, aluminium foil, plastic cups, and, something to use as weights such as coins or counters.

You will also need a large container of water or sink, pot of water or bathtub to fill with water.

Then, plan your idea by either writing or sketching it before building your boat from the items you collected. When your boat is ready test it in your container of water.

Finally, add weights to your boat one at a time, to see how long your boat will continue to float. Describe what happened.

Remember, we would love to see your wonderful creations and hear about what worked really well and what you could improve.

You might like to rule up a page on your books like the attached template and email an image of it through to your teacher!

Building Boats STEAM Activity

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Monday 07/06 – Reading

Goal: I can summarise non-fiction texts.

Listen to the audio below, to have the lesson explained to you.

When we summarise non-fiction texts we write down just the main idea of the text – not all the details.

You might want to try using the questioning strategy to summarise this text. Try to take some notes as you read today using the prompts below:

  • Who/what? (topic)
  • What about it?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • Why?
  • How?

First, read the text ‘ Stomachs’

Download here to have the book read to you —> stomachs

summarise the important parts in the text.

Then, write down 2 things you found interesting and one thing you want to find out about.

Finally, spend 20 minutes doing independent reading, working on your goal or simply recording your thinking.

Monday 07/06 – Writing

Goal: I can write from a different point of view.

Listen to the audio below to have the lesson explained to you.

First, choose your favourite animal or go to the national geographic website and read about an animal of your choice.

Next, take some notes on the diet, the habitat and the lifestyle of the animal of your choice.

Then, imagine you were that animal, write about what you did during the day.

Things you might want to include:

  • Where do you live?
  • What did you eat for lunch?
  • Who do you live with?
  • How you are feeling?

Try and be as descriptive as you can.

Example below:

Download the example by clicking here —>Squirrel and the Bobcat

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Monday 07/06 – Maths

Goal: I can use known facts, doubles and near doubles strategies to help me subtract.

Listen to the audio below to have the lesson explained to you.

First, look at the examples below and sort them into known facts, doubles and near doubles.

4 + 4 = 8 6 + 4 = 10 7 + 8 = 15
(7 + 7 = 14

Plus 1 = 15)

Next, use the equations below and figure out the answer using known facts, doubles and near double strategies.

10 – 9 = 14 – 7 = 19 – 9 =
10 – 3 = 16 – 8 = 15 – 7 =
10 – 6 = 18 – 9 = 7 – 3 =
10 – 5 = 6 – 3 = 9 – 4 =
10 – 2 = 8 – 4 = 5 – 2 =
10 – 4 = 4 – 2 = 13 – 6 =

Then,  think about using this strategy if the digits increase in place value. For example:

100 – 90 = 140 – 70 = 190 – 90 =
100 – 30 = 160 – 80 = 150 – 70 =
100 – 60 = 180 – 90 = 70 – 30 =
100 – 50 = 60 – 30 = 90 – 40 =
100 – 20 = 80 – 40 = 50 – 20 =
100 – 40 = 40 – 20 = 130 – 60 =

Finally,  set a timer for 3 minutes and practise your skip counting in you book going forward and backwards. Focus on the ones you know you need to work on.


Reading – Friday 04/06/21

(press play to hear today’s lesson explained to you)

Goal: I can visualise as I read.

Today we are going to be focusing on visualising as we read. When we read we often create a mental picture in our minds to go with the words. This helps us understand the text further.

First,  read ‘The paper boy’.

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Next, draw a picture of what you visualised as you read the text. Find 5 words or phrases from the text that helped you with the visualisation.

Finally, you may want to draw about what you do when you wake up in the morning. What’s your routine like? Remember to write some descriptive sentences to go along with your picture.