Category Archives: RFL Term 2 2021

Wednesday 09/06 – Writing

Goal: I can write a creative procedural text.

Today your task will be to create a procedural text, or set of instructions, that are a little unusual.

First, think about the features of a procedural text or set of instructions.

They usually tell you:

  • What you will learn to do
  • The materials or things you need
  • The steps to completing the task

In the example from today’s reading lesson, the writer also started with an introduction that tried to convince you why you would want to do that task.

Next, choose a task or activity to write your instructions for. You might choose a really boring or unpleasant task, and then write about it in a way that makes it sound like it’s exciting or fun!

Here are some options (or you can come up with your own):

  • How to unload the dishwasher
  • How to clean up after your dog/cat/pet/sibling
  • How to tidy your bedroom
  • How to make your bed
  • How to clean the sink
  • How to take out the bins
  • How to fold a fitted sheet

Then, write a set of instruction for why you would do it, the things you need, and what the steps are to completing the task. There is an example of how you might lay it out here: How to… example

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Finally, if you are up for a challenge – make a video of yourself or someone in your house (if you can convince them) doing you oh so boring task, but convincing us that it is really fun!

(I know I would love for someone to make me a video about how to fold a fitted sheet)

Wednesday 09/06 – Maths

Goal: I can practise subtraction strategies. 

To find your problems for today’s lesson, click on the link for the strategy you have been working on in your small group. Remember if you find the strategy too challenging re-watch the video. If it is still hard too follow go back to the previous challenge.

If you, after working on a couple of problems, you find you are really confident with the strategy you are working on try the next strategy.

Jump strategy

Split strategy (no renaming) & Split strategy (with renaming) 

Vertical addition (no renaming)

Vertical addition (with renaming) & Vertical addition (with decimals)

Wednesday 09/06 – STEAM

Goal: I can build a maze that allows a marble/ball to travel the paths from beginning to end?

Today, you will be designing and building a maze for a marble or small ball to travel from one end of a maze you create to the end without getting stuck! Before you begin, think about what you already know about mazes.

First, watch this video to give you ideas about how to build a maze Maze building with straws – kids stem activity – elementary stem project

Next, collect items from around your house that you can use to build the maze such as straws, pencils, pens or clothes pegs. You will also need tape to hold your items down, a piece of thick paper or cardboard (maybe a box lid) to act as the base of your maze and a small ball to travel the maze.

Then, plan your maze by sketching the plan on your card then create your maze!

Finally, test your maze and adjust the paths as you find any problems – 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 Mazes STEAM Activity

Today is Tuesday

Hi 3/4s, welcome to Tuesday.  How did you go with yesterday’s work? Some cool animals were selected for the writing task, including an artic fox!


  • Your small group will focus  on maths, So come prepared with the appropriate work book.
  • Click here to check the time for all your Webex groups for this week. If you can’t join the group at that time, please let your teacher know!
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm, your teacher’s Webex room will be open if you want to pop in to ask a question or simply for a chat.
  • Your specialist lesson will be P.E., Stef has asked for  you to come dressed in your sporting team colours for the meeting. You can access the timetables and links for all specialist Webex classes here as well: Specialist Webex

Scroll down below for today’s lessons. Again, once you’ve finished your lessons you may want to check out:

Finally, sometimes we don’t feel like exercising, so maybe we should just dance.

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.