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Our learning for wc 17.01.22

It was wonderful to see you in your celebration clothes on Friday! We hope you enjoyed Faith and Culture Day. 

This week, we are learning about the continents in our topic lessons. 

If you have any artefacts or interesting souvenirs from different continents you have visited, that your family is from or maybe where you have family members living, we would love to see them. Please also email your teachers any photographs of you in interesting places in different continents that you can tell your class about! 



 This week in English we are learning about the traditional Chinese tale of The Magic Paintbrush.  As this is a traditional tale there are many versions in which some of the characters names and some of the events are slightly different. Please see the clip below for the version by Julia Donaldson that you can use at home.


Lesson 1

Watch the story being read aloud (please see the clip below).


Have think about all the things Shen paints to help her family and village.  What would you want to paint if you had the magic paintbrush?  What could you paint to help people in need?

Your task is to write sentences starting with ‘If I had a magic paintbrush I would paint…’ then finish the sentence and use a conjunction to explain why.  Use the conjunction word mat to help you.


Lesson 2

Watch the story being read again so you remember all of the details.  Later in the week you will be writing the story in your own words, so today we shall plan!  Use the planning grid to fill in each of the parts of the story in notes.  In each box there is vocabulary or punctuation that you should use, see the example below and use the word mats to help you.


Lesson 3
Today you will write the first part of the story.  Look at your plan from yesterday, which has everything you need to write an amazing story!  You only need to write until Shen has painted things to help her family and the village.  The Emperor will be in tomorrow’s part.  Remember to use your best handwriting, full stops and capital letters, write in paragraphs and read your writing to check it makes sense!


Lesson 4

Now is time to finish your story!   Don’t forget to use your plan.  Write from when the Emperor seizes Shen until the end, using all of the vocabulary and punctuation on your plan and remembering to use the same skills as yesterday.

The Magic Paintbrush


Lesson 1

Today you are learning to use the divide symbol. You will be dividing using the bar model.  



Hexagons, Pentagons, Squares and Triangle: Draw bar models to find answers to differentiated division questions.

Circles: Draw circles to find answers to division calculations.  Have a go at using the bar model for a question. 


Lesson 2

Today you are going to make equal groups by grouping. How many do you have to begin with? How many are in each group? How many groups can you make? How long should your number line be? What will you count up in? _____ groups of _____ make ______



Hexagons and Pentagons: Draw a number line to divide using the grouping method.  Write the division  calculation.

Squares and Triangles: Use, then draw a number line to divide using the grouping method.  Complete the division calculations (with an answer).

Circles: Use a number line to divide using the grouping method.


Lesson 3

Today you are going to make equal groups by grouping.



Hexagons and Pentagons: complete 2 Sharing and grouping questions. 

Squares and Triangles: grouping and sharing questions.  Draw it and write the number sentence.

Circles: Have a go at a grouping and sharing question.  Draw it to get the answer.


Lesson 4

Today you will be solving problems using sharing and grouping. Go through the True/False questions.  How do you know?  I know because...



Hexagons and Pentagonsproblem solving and reasoning questions – dividing by 5 and 10.

Squares and Triangles: problem solving and reasoning questions – dividing by 5 and 10.

Circles: Use cubes or blocks to make towers of 5 to answer the question.


Lesson 5

Today you will be consolidating your knowledge and understanding of division. Make a poster explaining how to divide by grouping or sharing. 

The poster must include:

  • number sentences
  • at least one family of facts
  • a bar model to show sharing
  • a number line to show grouping



Lesson 1

Can you remember how many continents and oceans there are in the world? Watch the (very catchy!) continents song below to help you remember. Practise finding the 7 continents and 5 oceans on an atlas or a globe (if you have one). Locate them all on the map then name 2 countries in each continent. 


Lesson 2

Today is about exploring different artefacts from the 7 continents of the world. Look at the artefacts from each continent that we have in school and that people in the class have brought in to share (if you are learning from home, you could use the internet or books to try and find an artefact from each continent). Draw it on your continents fact file (we will be completing the rest of the fact file tomorrow). 


Lesson 3

In this lesson, we will compare the features of the 7 continents (climate, landmarks, food and traditions) to add to the continents fact file we started yesterday. If you are learning from home, you could choose two continents to carry out your research on and compare them or use the fact sheets (saved below) for North America and Australasia to compare. 

"Continents and Oceans" by


This week we are looking at some new sounds:

igh      oa      j     f     

Please take a look at the smartboard and follow along.