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English

During your English learning each day, I will expect you to practise your weekly spelling words, compete a 'Word of The Day' activity, undertake the set revision task on SATs Companion (click on the link below) and then complete the additional daily task (this may need to be continued in the afternoon). Remember that I also expect you to undertake 30 minutes of reading each day. Click on the 'Daily Reading' link to access the texts for this week.

SATs Companion Link

Friday 10th July

Spelling

Ask someone to test you on this week's words -good luck!

Word of the Day

authority

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SATs Companion Task

You have been set a task to complete today. Click on the link to access this.

SATs Companion Link

Main Task

In this lesson, you will be describing a setting.

Oak National Academy Lesson Link

Thursday 9th July

Spelling

sufficient

stomach

soldier

sincerely

signature

soldier

secretary

sacrifice

rhythm

restaurant

Word of the Day

diverse

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SATs Companion Task

You have been set a task to complete today. Click on the link to access this.

SATs Companion Link

Main Task

In this lesson, you will be using figurative language.

Oak National Academy Lesson Link

Wednesday 8th July

Spelling

Write a sentence including each of your spelling words to demonstrate its meaning.

sufficient

stomach

soldier

sincerely

signature

soldier

secretary

sacrifice

rhythm

restaurant

Word of the Day

component

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SATs Companion Task

You have been set a task to complete today. Click on the link to access this.

SATs Companion Link

Main Task

In this lesson, you will be identifying the features of a setting description.

Oak National Academy Link

Tuesday 7th July

Spelling

Practise your weekly words.

sufficient

stomach

soldier

sincerely

signature

soldier

secretary

sacrifice

rhythm

restaurant

Word of the Day

ooze

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SATs Companion Task

You have been set a task to complete today. Click on the link to access this.

SATs Companion Link

Main Task

In this lesson, you will be making inferences and justifying with evidence.

Oak National Academy Lesson Link

Monday 6th July

Spelling

Familiarise yourself with this week's weekly words.

sufficient

stomach

soldier

sincerely

signature

soldier

secretary

sacrifice

rhythm

restaurant

Word of the Day

transition

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SATs Companion Task

You have been set a task to complete today. Click on the link to access this.

SATs Companion Link

Main Task

In this lesson, you will be making inferences and justifying with evidence.

Oak National Academy Lesson Link

Friday 3rd July

Spelling

Ask someone to test you on this week's words. Good luck!

Word of the Day

unveil

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SATs Companion Task

You have been set a task to complete today. Click on the link to access this.

SATs Companion Link

Main Task

In this lesson, you are going to write a newspaper report.

Oak National Academy Lesson Link

Thursday 2nd July

Spelling

Practise your words ahead of the test tomorrow.

yacht

vehicle

vegetable

variety

twelfth

thorough

temperature

system

symbol

suggest

Word of the Day

utopia

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SATs Companion Task

You have been set a task to complete today. Click on the link to access this.

SATs Companion Link

Main Task

In this lesson, you are going to use the rules of direct speech to write quotes.. Click on the link below to access this.

Oak National Academy Lesson Link

Wednesday 1st July

Spelling

Write a sentence for each of this week's words indicating their meaning.

yacht

vehicle

vegetable

variety

twelfth

thorough

temperature

system

symbol

suggest

Word of the Day

embark

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SATs Companion Task

You have been set a task to complete today. Click on the link to access this.

SATs Companion Link

Main Task

We are going to be revising the features of newspapers this week. Click on the link below to access this.

Oak National Academy Lesson Link


Tuesday 30th June

Spelling

Practise your words for this week.


yacht

vehicle

vegetable

variety

twelfth

thorough

temperature

system

symbol

suggest

Word of the Day

authority

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SATs Companion Task

You have been set a task to complete today. Click on the link to access this.

SATs Companion Link

Main Task

We are going to be revising the features of newspapers this week. Click on the link below to access this.

Oak National Academy Lesson Link

Monday 29th June

Spelling

Familiarise yourself with this week's words.

yacht

vehicle

vegetable

variety

twelfth

thorough

temperature

system

symbol

suggest

Word of the Day

obstacle

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SATs Companion Task

You have been set a task to complete today. Click on the link to access this.

SATs Companion Link

Main Task

We are going to be revising the features of newspapers this week. Click on the link below to access today's lesson.

Oak National Academy Lesson Link

Friday 26th June

1. Spelling

Ask someone to test you on your chosen words for this week.

2. SATs Companion Task

Today I would like you to complete a reading quiz which has been set for you on SATs Companion.

SATs Companion Link

Thursday 25th June

1. Spelling

Spend some time practising your chosen words for this week.

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

overwhelmed

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3. Reading

There is a reading based task for you to complete today on SATs Companion.

SATs Companion Link

4. Main Task

Click on the link to access today's task...

Wednesday 24th June

1. Spelling

Spend some time practising your chosen words for this week.

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

diverse

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3. Reading

There is a reading based task for you to complete today on SATs Companion.

SATs Companion Link

4. Main Task

Click on the link to access today's task...

Tuesday 23rd June

1. Spelling

Spend some time practising your chosen words for this week.

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

agenda

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3. Reading

There is a reading based task for you to complete today on SATs Companion.

SATs Companion Link

4. Main Task

Click on this link to access today's main task...

Monday 22nd June

1. Spelling

From now on, I would like you to take responsibility for the words that you learn each week. I would like you to select a different set of ten words from the list below for this week.

Year 6 Spelling List Link

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

authority

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3. Reading

There is a reading based task for you to complete today on SATs Companion.

SATs Companion Link

4. Main Task

Answer the questions about the picture below.

Don't Look Back

  • Who is this?
  • Where did she come from?
  • Where is she going?
  • Why is she carrying a suitcase? What’s inside?
  • Did she plan this journey or was it a spontaneous decision?
  • Why is she alone?
  • What is happening to the ground behind her? What could be the reason for this?
  • Why isn’t she looking back? Does she know what’s happening?
  • Could this image have a deeper meaning/message? What might it be?
  • What does it mean to look back on your life?
  • When you look back on yours, what are your highlights? Do you have any regrets?
  • What do you think are people’s most common regrets?
  • Why would someone not want to look back?
  • Deeper thinking: Would you rather lose all of your existing memories, or never be able to make new ones?

Friday 19th June

1. Spelling

Ask someone to test you on your chosen words for this week. Good luck!

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

mindfulness

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3. Reading

There is a reading based task for you to complete today on SATs Companion.

SATs Companion Link

4. Main Task

Answer the questions about the picture below.

I Believe I Can

  • Describe the water – consider the texture, the colours, the shape, the sounds… Try to use some new vocabulary e.g. undulating, fluid
  • What is happening here?
  • Is the bird walking on the water? How? Why?
  • Is this bird special? Can it fly?
  • Do you think this is the first time the bird has walked on water?
  • The title is ‘I Believe I Can’. If the bird doubted itself, do you think it would still be able to walk across the water?
  • How important is self-belief?
  • Have you ever ‘failed’ because you lacked confidence?
  • Have you ever succeeded because you believed you could?
  • What does failure feel like? What about success?
  • How do you overcome failure?
  • Has anyone ever achieved something other people thought to be impossible? What qualities did they have?

Thursday 18th June

1. Spelling

Practise your chosen words for this week.

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

harmony

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3. Reading

There is a reading based task for you to complete today on SATs Companion.

SATs Companion Link

4. Main Task

Answer the questions about the picture below.

Memories

  • Where do you think this is?
  • When is this? (What time of year/day?)
  • What is the woman doing?
  • Who carved the heart into the tree? Why did they do it? Why this tree?
  • Why is she touching it?
  • Why is this picture called ‘Memories’?
  • What is she remembering?
  • How does she feel?

Wednesday 17th June

1. Spelling

Practise your chosen words for this week by putting each of them in to a sentence to demonstrate their meaning.

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

resilience

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3. Reading

There is a reading based task for you to complete today on SATs Companion.

SATs Companion Link

4. Main Task

Answer the questions about the picture below.

Drop Off

  • How is the girl feeling? How do you know?
  • Why is she feeling that way?
  • Who is the man?
  • Where are they?
  • Does the title give you any clues about this image?
  • What are the characters thinking? Draw thought bubbles to accompany the picture.
  • Does this picture remind you of anything that has happened in your own life?

Tuesday 16th June

1. Spelling

Practise your chosen words for this week.

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

regulate

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3. Reading

There is a reading based task for you to complete today on SATs Companion.

SATs Companion Link

4. Main Task

Answer the questions about the picture below.

Different

  • Who is the man with the red spots?
  • How did he get the red spots? How does he feel about it?
  • How is he different to the others?
  • How do the others feel about him? How do you know?
  • What is the message behind this picture?
  • How would you feel if people treated you differently because of how you look?
  • When is it OK to treat someone differently from yourself?
  • What does it mean to be ‘normal’?

Monday 15th June

1. Spelling

From now on, I would like you to take responsibility for the words that you learn each week. I would like you to select ten words from the list below for this week.

Year 6 Spelling List Link

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

distinct

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3. Reading

There is a reading based task for you to complete today on SATs Companion.

SATs Companion Link

4. Main Task

Answer the questions about the picture below.

First Flight

  • How are the owls related?
  • Which owl is about to take its first flight? How do you know?
  • How does the young owl feel about flying?
  • What might it be thinking? Add a thought bubble to the picture.
  • Is the older owl worried?
  • What advice might the older owl give to the younger one?
  • Write ‘An Owl’s Guide to Flying’, to be used by younger owls before their first flight. Perhaps you’ll include an explanation of how flying works, the biology of wings, instructions, training advice, tips and warnings… How will you make it informative and entertaining?
  • Think of the first time you did something new. How did you feel about it? What emotional journey did you go on? Plot your feelings on a graph.
  • If trying new things is scary, does that mean you should never try them?

Friday 12th June

1. Spelling

Ask someone to test you on this week's words - good luck!

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

trepidation

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3. Reading

There is an inference based task for you to complete today on SATs Companion.

SATs Companion Link

4. Main Task

Every cloud has a silver lining...

What do you think is meant by this well -known expression?

Thursday 11th June

1. Spelling

Can you identify the mistakes that have been made with your spelling words?

avaleable

averidge

orkward

bargin

brewse

catergory

sematery

comitee

comunecate

communety

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

sublime

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3. Grammar

Can you explain the joke?

Your SATs Companion task today is based on the meaning of words. Click on the link to access this.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading

I have added a link to Marvel's comic books this week for you to enjoy.

5. Main Task

Wednesday 10th June

1. Spelling

Write a sentence for each of your spelling words to demonstrate their meaning.

available

average

awkward

bargain

bruise

category

cemetery

committee

communicate

community

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

flourish

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3. Grammar

Can you explain the joke?

4. Reading

Today, I would like you to complete a reading quiz that I have set for you on SATs Companion.

SATs Companion Link

5. Main Task

Tuesday 9th June

1. Spelling

Practise this week's words.

available

average

awkward

bargain

bruise

category

cemetery

committee

communicate

community

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

stringent

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3. Grammar

Can you explain the joke?

I have set you a grammar quiz to undertake on SATs Companion - good luck!

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading

I have added a link to Marvel's comic books this week for you to enjoy.

5. Main Task

This is your first draft; you will have the rest of the week to edit your composition and make the necessary tweaks.

Monday 8th June

1. Spelling

Familiarise yourself with this week's words:

2. Complete today's Word of the Day:

notion

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3. Grammar

Can you explain the joke?

I have set you a task to undertake on SATs Companion based on identifying subordinate clauses.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading

I have added a link to Marvel's comic books this week for you to enjoy.

5. Main Task

Friday 5th June

1. Spelling

It's Friday so that means one thing: spelling test time! Please ask someone to test you on this week's words. Good luck!

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

dignity

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3. Grammar

I have set you a task to undertake on SATs Companion based on identifying adverbs.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading

Undertake some reading from either one of the First News newspapers or from the selection of texts on our Daily Reading page.

5. Main Task

Thursday 4th June

1. Spelling

Practise your weekly words ready for a test tomorrow.

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

ambiguous

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3. Grammar

Can you spot the grammar mistakes that have been made in these real-life examples?

4. Daily Reading

Undertake some reading from either one of the First News newspapers or from the selection of texts on our Daily Reading page.

5. Main Task

WAGOLL Text

Wednesday 3rd June

1. Spelling

Can you identify the mistakes in this week's words?

accomodate

acompany

occording

acheive

agresive

amature

acient

apparant

appreceate

attachted

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

serendipity

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3. Grammar

I have set you a grammar practice quiz to undertake on SATs Companion - good luck!

4. Daily Reading

Undertake some reading from either one of the First News newspapers or from the selection of texts on our Daily Reading page.

5. Main Task

Reread the WAGOLL text and identify examples of each feature.

WAGOLL Text

Here is an example of the first couple of features:

Can you complete the rest?

Tuesday 2nd June

1. Spelling

Practise your spelling words today by putting them in to sentences to demonstrate their meaning.

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

undercover

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3. Grammar task:

Challenge 1:

Challenge 2:

4. Daily Reading

Undertake some reading from either one of the First News newspapers or from the selection of texts on our Daily Reading page.

5. Main Task

Monday 1st June

1. Spelling

Familiarise yourself with this week's words:

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

espionage

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3. Grammar task:

I am going to be setting daily grammar tasks on our web page this half-term. If you wish to practise a particular area independently on SATs Companion, please free to do so.

Challenge 1:

Challenge 2:

Can you spot the grammar and punctuation errors in this text conversation?

4. Daily Reading:

I have updated the reading books and newspaper selections in the relevant sections.

5. Main Activity:

Over the next two weeks, we are going to be revisiting persuasive language features.

My spy name would be: Phoenix Moonraker.

I would like you to read the WAGOLL text below - this is what you are aiming for by the end of the unit. As you read it, think about the key language and organisational features within it.

Friday 22nd May

1. Spelling

Ask someone to test you on this week's words. Make sure that they ask you the word in context to ensure that you know which homophone to use!

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

elation

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying possessive pronouns.

SATs Companion Link

4. Undertake today's main task:

Percy’s Next Quest

Using your plan from yesterday, your job today is to write an entertaining short story about Percy Jackson.

To help make your story as gripping as possible, below is a ‘How to hook your reader’ toolkit, full of great advice for effective storytelling.

Don’t worry if you don’t get your story finished today – you can continue it over half-term next week if you choose.

Thursday 21st May

1. Practise your weekly spellings:

Try putting each of the words in to a sentence today to show their meaning.

there

their

serial

cereal

past

passed

devised

device

guessed

guest

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

conscientious

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying formal and informal language structures.

SATs Companion Link

4. Undertake today's main task:

Percy’s Next Quest

I hope you enjoyed ‘The Lightning Thief.’ Today, I would like you to plan a short story about Percy Jackson’s next quest.

Use the ‘Story Mountain Planner’ below to think about how you will structure the different parts of your story. You may want to include characters from ‘The Lightning Thief’ or create new friends and enemies for Percy.

Wednesday 20th May

1. Practise your weekly spellings:

Try putting each of the words in to a sentence today to show their meaning.

there

their

serial

cereal

past

passed

devised

device

guessed

guest

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

unanimous

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on the use of colons to mark independent clauses.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter twenty two of The Lightning Thief

Read The Lightning Thief

5. Undertake today's main task:

Thinking Time...

If someone knew something really bad that was going to happen in your life, and there was nothing you could do about it, would you rather have them tell you or keep it a secret? Why?

Answer the following comprehension questions based on what you’ve just read:

1. What’s the tradition for campers who return from quests? How did the Ares cabin “honor” Percy?

2. How does Percy’s mom get enough money to go to college?

3. What happens to Grover in this chapter? Speculate: Will he come back in another book?

4. What is the bead for Percy’s first summer?

5. Why do you think Percy has so much trouble deciding whether to stay year round or go to seventh grade? What would you choose?

6. What is unique about Backbiter, Luke’s new sword?

7. Why is it dangerous to litter at Camp Half-Blood?

8. Luke says, “Western Civilization is a disease.” What do you think he means by that?

9. What turned Luke so bitter?

10. How did Annabeth take Percy’s advice?

Follow-up Activity

Wanted Poster

Now that we know Luke is the betrayer at Camp Half-Blood, design a wanted poster that can be posted around Mount Olympus. You will need to draw a picture of Luke, perhaps in the form of a mug shot. You will also need to include a physical description, a list of the crimes he is wanted for, the location where he was last scene, any special powers or weapons people should look out for, and a reward, if you want to offer one.

Tuesday 19th May

1. Practise your weekly spelling words:

there

their

serial

cereal

past

passed

devised

device

guessed

guest

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

desire

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is to complete a grammar quiz which has been set for you on SATs Companion - good luck!

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter twenty one of The Lightning Thief

Read The Lightning Thief

5. Undertake today's main task:

Thinking Time...

Which would rather have – a parent who is distant and doesn’t show much emotion, or a parent who very affectionate and shows a lot of emotion? Why? Could there be disadvantages to both?

Answer the following questions based on what you have just read:

  1. When the Los Angeles reporters interview Percy, how does he get back at Gabe?
  2. Why do Percy, Annabeth and Grover split up when they arrive back in New York?
  3. How does Percy convince the guard at the Empire State Building to let him see Zeus?
  4. What are some of the things Percy sees on his way through Olympus?
  5. Why Percy start feeling a little sorry for Hades when he sees Zeus’ palace?
  6. Percy says he is glad, in a strange way, that Poseidon is so distant. Why? Does this make sense to you?
  7. How does Zeus reward Percy?
  8. Who was speaking from the pit? Why do think Zeus doesn’t want to talk about it?
  9. How do you think Poseidon feels about Percy? How can you tell?
  10. Why doesn’t Percy petrify Gabe when he has the chance? What would you have done?

Follow-up Activity:

Percy’s letter to his dad. Imagine Percy has to write a letter to his father, Poseidon, explaining the choice he made not to petrify Gabe. What would he say? How would he explain his choice? Would he want to tell his father anything else? Any wishes or requests?

Monday 18th May

1. Spelling

Familiarise yourself with this week's words. Think about the meaning of the words and read the guidance for this spelling rule.

Weekly Spelling Focus: homophones and near-homophones.

Guidance: Homophones are words that sound the same or similar but have different spellings and meanings, e.g. aloud – ‘out loud’ or allowed – ‘permitted’.

This Week's Words:

there

their

serial

cereal

past

passed

devised

device

guessed

guest

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

tension

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying the difference between conjunctions and prepositions.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter twenty of The Lightning Thief

Read The Lightning Thief

If you would like to do some additional reading at any time, I have added some new titles to our 'Daily Reading' section and you can also find the latest edition of First News in the section by the same name.

5. Undertake today's main tasks:

Thinking Time:

How well do you get along with your relatives? If your family held a big reunion party, who would you most look forward to seeing? Who would you not like to see?

Answer the following comprehension questions based on what you’ve just read:

1. Why does Percy will himself to get soaked in the water?

2. Ares says the best kind of war is when relatives fight each. Why would this be the most vicious kind of fight?

3. Why does Percy begin to suspect that Ares wasn’t acting alone – that he was taking orders from someone?

4. Which failures does Ares point to when he says Percy “doesn’t have what it takes”? Is this a fair criticism? Why or why not?

5. What deal does Percy make with Ares?

6. How does Percy’s ADHD keep him alive in the fight?

7. What strategy does Percy use to beat Ares?

8. After Percy wounds Ares, something strange happens that makes Ares back off. What is it?

9. Why is important that the Furies witness Percy’s battle?

10. At the end of the chapter, what does Percy decide he must do to complete the quest?

Follow-up Activity:

Annabeth and Grover have very different views of the battle with Ares. Annabeth calls it terrifying. Grover thinks it’s cool. Write a diary entry for either Annabeth or Grover, explaining what happened that day on the beach.

Friday 15th May

1. Spelling

Ask someone to test you on this week's words. Good Luck!

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

damnation

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on the use of suffixes.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter nineteen of The Lightning Thief

Read The Lightning Thief

5. Undertake Today’s main tasks:

Thinking Time:

Who is the most evil person you can think of -- from history or from current times? What makes this person evil? Can an evil person ever have good qualities?

Answer the following comprehension questions based on what you’ve just read:

1. What does the Field of Asphodel look like?

2. What do you have to do to enter the Isles of the Blest?

3. How do Grover, Percy and Annabeth end up at the pit of Tartarus?

4. How is Hades’ aura different than Ares? How does Percy feel when he’s in Hades’ presence?

5. Describe the guards at Hades’ palace.

6. What sort of problems does Hades complain about?

7. Why was Percy’s backpack getting heavy?

8. What terrible choice faces Percy when he decides to use the pearls? Would you have made the same choice he does? Why or why not?

9. How do Annabeth and Grover prove themselves to be real friends to Percy?

10. What is the power of the pearls?

Follow-up Activity:

A Map of the Underworld.

Draw your own map of the Underworld, based on the description in the book. Compare your map to Grover’s map of the Underworld:

Thursday 14th May

1. Spelling Practice:

Some mistakes have been made with our weekly spelling words. Can you spot them?

celing

recieved

percieved

receit

conceted

freinds

acheve

solder

conveenience

misschevously

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

loitering

Definition:

Context:

Word Class:

Synonyms:

Antonyms:

Modifications:

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying main clauses.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter eighteen of The Lightning Thief

Read The Lightning Thief

5. Undertake Today’s main tasks:

Thinking Time:

Humans have always wondered what happens after death. The Greeks believed in the Underworld ruled by Hades. Do you have a personal belief about whether there is life after death?

Answer the following comprehension questions based on what you’ve just read:

1. Why does the DOA security guard get annoyed with Percy?

2. How does Charon realize Percy and his friends are not really dead?

3. How does Percy finally convince Charon to take them into the elevator?

4. What does the River Styx look like? Why does it look this way?

5. Describe the entrance to the Underworld.

6. If you were standing in that line, would you rather choose EZ Death and go straight to Asphodel, or risk being judged for your actions on earth?

7. What is Percy’s plan to get past Cerberus? Why doesn’t it work?

8. How does Annabeth save them? Why is she able to do this?

9. What does Percy realize about monsters at the end of the chapter?

10. Do you feel sorry for Cerberus? Would you have risked playing fetch with him, if you were Annabeth?

Follow-up Activity:

Obedience School. Use the Internet to research how to train dogs. Did Annabeth do the right thing? Look up information on the Rottweiler breed in particular. How easy are they to train?

Wednesday 13th May

1. Practise your weekly spellings:

Try putting each of the words in to a sentence today to show their meaning.

ceiling

received

perceived

receipt

conceited

friends

achieve

soldier

convenience

mischievously

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

skeptical

Definition:

Context:

Word Class:

Synonyms:

Antonyms:

Modifications:

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying verbs.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter seventeen of The Lightning Thief

Read The Lightning Thief

5. Undertake Today’s main tasks:

Thinking Time:

People are always looking for new ways to sell things. What’s the worst or most annoying TV advert you’ve ever seen? What is the best or funniest?

Answer the following comprehension questions based on what you’ve just read:

1. How does Annabeth pay for the trip to Los Angeles?

2. Annabeth seems worried when they discuss the voice from the pit. Percy thinks she has an idea what it might be. Do you have any guesses?

3. Who is the spirit in the sea? What does she give to Percy?

4. Why is Annabeth uneasy about the gifts Percy received?

5. According to Percy, how is L.A. different from New York?

6. Why doesn’t Riptide work on the kids who jump Percy in the alley?

7. What does Crusty do to his customers?

8. Why can’t Percy simply fight Crusty?

9. How does Percy trick the giant?

10. How does Percy find the address for the Underworld?

Follow-up Activity

Make an Advertisement for Crusty’s Waterbed Palace. Crusty has hired you to advertise his fabulous waterbeds. Make a magazine ad for him. How would you attract customers? What special deals would you promise? If you prefer, you can write a television commercial for the Waterbed Palace and either perform it live or videotape it.

Tuesday 12th May

1. Practise your weekly spelling words:

ceiling

received

perceived

receipt

conceited

friends

achieve

soldier

convenience

mischievously

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

mournful

Definition:

Context:

Word Class:

Synonyms:

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today I have set you a grammar test to complete on SATs Companion. Good luck!

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter sixteen of The Lightning Thief

Read The Lightning Thief

If you would like to do some additional reading at any time, I have added some new titles to our 'Daily Reading' section, including a lovely text called, 'The Book of Hopes'.

5. Undertake Today’s main tasks:

Thinking Time:

Describe your dream holiday. Where would you go? What would you do?

Answer the following comprehension questions based on what you’ve just read:

  1. What’s in the backpack Ares gives Percy? If you were him, would you have accepted this gift?
  2. What news does Ares give Percy about his mom?
  3. Annabeth says Percy wasn’t smart to anger Ares. Was Percy right to talk back to him? Why or why not?
  4. What do the beads mean on Annabeth’s necklace?
  5. Percy says that Annabeth should write her father a letter. What would you advise her to do?
  6. Percy’s dream has three different parts – what does he see in each scene?
  7. How does Grover make sure the animals will be safe after they are released?
  8. Percy, Grover and Annabeth are attracted to different types of games at the Lotus Casino. What does each one like, and what does this tell you about their personality?
  9. When does Percy start to realize the casino is a trap?
  10. How does Percy snap Annabeth out of her trance?

Follow-up Activity:

Time Travel. Time travels slowly in the Lotus Casino. Darrin has been there since the 1970s but he’s still a kid, and it seems to him that he’s only been there a few days. Would you like to spend some time in the Lotus Casino? How far ahead in time would you like to travel before you stepped outside? Remember, though, you could never go back.

Monday 11th May

1. Spelling

Familiarise yourself with this week's words. Think about the meaning of the words and read the guidance for this spelling rule.

Weekly Spelling Focus: ‘i’ before ‘e’ rule.

Guidance: The ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ rule is used when the sound is ‘ee’. Exceptions to this rule: protein, caffeine and seize. When there is no ‘c’, words are generally spelt ‘i’ before ‘e’

This Week's Words:

ceiling

received

perceived

receipt

conceited

friends

achieve

soldier

convenience

mischievously

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

adolescents

Definition:

Context:

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Synonyms:

Antonyms:

Modifications:

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on the correct use of capital letters.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter fifteen of The Lightning Thief

Read The Lightning Thief

5. Undertake today's main tasks:

Thinking Time:

In this chapter, Annabeth says, “Even strength has to bow to wisdom.” Do you think that’s true? Would you rather be exceptionally strong or exceptionally wise?

Answer the following comprehension questions based on what you’ve just read:

  1. What is Iris-messaging? How does it work?
  2. Why does Annabeth want to leave as soon as Luke appears in the mist?
  3. Luke says: “Tell Grover it’ll be better this time! Nobody will get turned into a pine tree . . .” What does this tell you about Grover’s past?
  4. What does Ares say that convinces Percy to help him?
  5. According to Annabeth, how does Hephaestus deal with his wife and Ares having an affair?
  6. Grover doesn’t smell any monsters at the Thrill Ride O’ Love, even though it’s a trap. Why is that?
  7. Why can’t Annabeth help Percy when they get trapped in the pool?
  8. How does Annabeth put her knowledge of physics to work on the water ride?
  9. How does Grover save the day?
  10. At the end of the chapter, whom do you think Percy is angrier with – Hephaestus or Ares? Why?

Follow-up Activity:

The Modernised Gods. In this chapter you met Ares, who in modern times wears biker clothes and rides a Harley Davison with a shotgun holster. How might the other gods or goddesses look in modern times? Pick one god or goddess you know about. Look up information about them (a good place to start is www.mythweb.com). Check for pictures of them on the internet. Then write a description of what they might look like today. What clothes would they wear? Hairstyle? Favourite car?

Thursday 7th May

1. Spelling

Ask someone to test you on this week's words. Good Luck!

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

fugitive

Definition:

Context:

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Modifications:

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on punctuation used at the end of sentences.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter fourteen of The Lightning Thief

I BECOME A KNOWN FUGITIVE

Read The Lightning Thief

5. Undertake today's main tasks:

Thinking Time:

There’s an old saying: “There’s no such thing as bad press.” What does this mean? Do you think it’s true? Would you like to be famous in the national news, even if it was for something negative?

Answer the following comprehension questions based on what you’ve just read:

  1. When he lands in the Mississippi River, what does Percy realize that amazes him?
  2. Why does Percy feel ashamed that Poseidon saved him?
  3. What message does the woman in the water bring to Percy? What is her warning?
  4. What does Percy learn by overhearing the reporters outside the Arch?
  5. What happened to the family that was in the Arch with Percy?

Follow-up Activity

Lightning Thief Trading Cards

On a piece of paper or cardboard, make a trading card for a character from The Lightning Thief. This could be a god, half-blood or monster. You can draw a picture of your character or use clipart. You may have to use your imagination if you are doing a picture of Percy, Annabeth, or the other campers.

Decide what information you will put on your card. Besides the character’s name, you should have a brief description and any special powers that character has. You might even want to assign an attack value and defense value to your card so you can play games with your friends!

Some possible characters for cards: Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Clarisse, Luke, Chiron, Poseidon, Zeus, Hades, Medusa, Minotaur, Furies, Chimera, Echidna, Hellhound, Athena, Hermes.

Example:

Wednesday 6th May

1. Practise your weekly spellings:

Try putting each of the words in to a sentence today to show their meaning.

scenic

antique

unique

mosque

grotesque

science

scientific

disciplined

fascinated

individual (recap word)

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

accomplice

Definition:

Context:

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Modifications:

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on the active and passive voice.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter thirteen of The Lightning Thief

I PLUNGE TO MY DEATH

Read The Lightning Thief

Undertake Today’s main tasks:

Thinking Time...

In this chapter, Annabeth says she wants to be an architect and build a monument that will last a thousand years. If you could be famous, what would you like to be remembered for?

Answer the following comprehension questions based on what you've just read:

Follow-up Task:

Optional Task:

Click on the link below if you fancy creating a word search of your own!

Create a word search

Tuesday 5th May

1. Practise your weekly spelling words:

scenic

antique

unique

mosque

grotesque

science

scientific

disciplined

fascinated

individual (recap word)

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

indignantly

Definition:

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying adverbials.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter twelve of The Lightning Thief

WE GET ADVICE FROM A POODLE

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5. Undertake today's main task:

Thinking Time...

Do you think animals can understand when you talk to them? Have you ever had a pet you understand very well?

Answer the following comprehension questions based on what you have just read:

  1. Why does Grover want a searcher’s licence?
  2. Why does Grover’s dream sound so hopeless to Percy?
  3. What new information do you learn about Grover’s past and how it relates to Annabeth?
  4. According to Grover, why did Percy mail Medusa’s head to Mount Olympus?
  5. Describe the place Percy sees in his dream.
  6. What terrible realisation does Percy make toward the end of the dream? What does the voice want from him?
  7. Who do think is talking to Percy in the dream? Who is this voice from the pit?
  8. Who is Gladiola?
  9. What is Grover’s plan to get money for the trip?
  10. If you were offered the choice in Percy’s dream – to save your own parent’s life or complete your quest and prevent a terrible war – what would you choose?

Follow-up Activity:

Text message to Chiron. In an earlier chapter, Percy mentions that cell phones are a no-no for half-bloods because monsters can trace the signals. But what if Percy had no choice? Imagine Percy has to send a text message to Chiron about their situation as it stands at the end of Ch. 12. He wants Chiron to know what’s going on, but he has to keep it brief so the monsters don’t trace the call. A text message can only be 150 characters, maximum (including spaces and punctuation). Write the best message for Percy to send Chiron

Monday 4th May

1. Spelling

Familiarise yourself with this week's words. Think about the meaning of the words and read the guidance for this spelling rule.

Weekly Spelling Focus: ‘que’ and ‘sc’ words.

Guidance: The ‘k’ sound can be spelt ‘que’ (French in origin) and the ‘s’ sound can be spelt ‘sc’ (mostly Latin in origin).

This Week's Words:

scenic

antique

unique

mosque

grotesque

science

scientific

disciplined

fascinated

individual (recap word)

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

emporium

Definition:

Context:

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Modifications:

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on word families.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter eleven of The Lightning Thief

WE VISIT THE GARDEN GNOME EMPORIUM

Read The Lightning Thief

I have updated the weekly reading books and there is also a new edition of First News waiting for you!

5. Undertake today's main tasks:

Thinking Time…

What is the worst (or most embarrassing) photograph of you that’s ever been taken? Describe it.

Complete the following comprehension questions based on chapter seven:

1. Why is Annabeth upset with Percy for risking his life on the bus?

2. What does Aunty Em look like when she opens the door?

3. How does Percy explain why he went into the garden gnome emporium? Does this explanation make sense to you?

4. Why does Grover start to get nervous at the emporium? (There are several reasons)

5. How can you tell that Percy isn’t thinking straight after he eats his meal?

6. Did you guess Aunty Em’s true identity before Percy did? If so, what clues gave her away?

7. Why does Annabeth say they have to kill Medusa? Why can’t they just run away?

8. Medusa’s head doesn’t disintegrate along with the rest of her. Why not?

9. What important information does Percy find in Medusa’s office?

10. Why do you think Percy sends Medusa’s head to Mount Olympus? Do you think this is a good idea?

Follow up activity:

Medusa’s obituary. Study some obituaries from your local newspaper, then write an obituary for Medusa. Make it funny if you wish. Be sure to use facts about her life (from the myths) and her death (from The Lightning Thief). What will her funeral arrangements be? Where should people send flowers or charitable donations?

Friday 1st May

1. Spelling

Ask someone to test you on this week's words. Good Luck!

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

transaction

Definition:

Context:

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Modifications:

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying verbs in the subjunctive form. .

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter ten of The Lightning Thief

I RUIN A PERFECTLY GOOD BUS

Read The Lightning Thief

5. Undertake today's main task:

Thinking Time…

Many of the campers at Camp Half-Blood have their own magic item. Clarisse has an electric spear. Annabeth has a baseball cap that turns her invisible. What magic item would make sense for Percy, as the son of the Sea God?

Complete the following comprehension questions based on chapter seven:

1. Who is Argus and why can he never be surprised?

2. What gift does Luke give to Percy? Why can’t Percy use them?

3. What special properties does Riptide have?

4. What is Mist?

5. What are some of the reasons Annabeth gives for why Poseidon and Athena don’t get along?

6. According to Grover, why did Percy’s mom marry Gabe?

7. Percy says he’s not going on the quest to retrieve the lightning bolt. What’s his real reason for going?

8. How does Percy sneak to the front of the bus?

9. Why doesn’t Percy leave the bus when he has the chance?

10. How do Percy, Grover and Annabeth lose their luggage?

Thursday 30th April

1. Spelling Practice:

Some mistakes have been made with our weekly spelling words. Can you spot them?

ort

fourt

ruff

tuffen

enuff

coffed

dou

thoughtfull

thoughly

consience (recap word)

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

horoscope

Definition:

Context:

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Modifications:

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying adverbs..

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter nine of The Lightning Thief

I AM OFFERED A QUEST

Read The Lightning Thief

Undertake Today’s main tasks:

Thinking Time…

Do you believe it is possible to tell someone’s fortune? Do you have any faith in horoscopes, or magic eight balls, or fortune cookies?

Complete the following comprehension questions based on chapter seven:

1. Why does Percy feel miserable once he gets his own cabin?

2. Based on the newspaper article Percy finds under his door, what is happening in the real world while Percy is in camp?

3. What is the master bolt?

4. Why does Zeus think Percy stole the bolt?

5. Why can’t the gods retrieve the bolt themselves?

6. What bothers Percy about the Oracle’s prophecy?

7. According to Chiron, what evidence suggests that Hades stole the lightning bolt?

8. Why does Percy have to travel overland?

9. What will happen on the summer solstice if the lightning bolt is not returned?

10. What is unusual about the storm that moves in over camp?

Follow up activity:

Research the Oracle of Delphi. What was it? Why was it important?

Wednesday 29th April

1. Practise your weekly spellings:

Try putting each of the words in to a sentence today to show their meaning.

ought

fought

rough

toughen

enough

coughed

dough

thoughtful

thoroughly

conscience (recap word)

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

oath

Definition:

Context:

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Modifications:

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on synonyms and antonyms..

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter eight of The Lightning Thief

WE CAPTURE A FLAG

Read The Lightning Thief

Undertake Today’s main tasks:

Thinking Time…

If you were forced to decide right now what career you would study in the future, what would choose? What skills would make you good at that career? What is a career you would definitely not choose?

Complete the following comprehension questions based on chapter seven:

1. Why are the counsellors having a hard time deciding who Percy’s Olympian parent is?

2. How does Percy surprise everyone during his first sword class? How do you think he was able to do this?

3. According to Grover, why did the “Big Three” gods swear never to have any more children?

4. Why does the story about Thalia make Percy feel “hollow and guilty”?

5. In capture-the-flag, why does Percy feel like he’s being left out of the action?

6. How does Percy manage to overcome the kids from Ares’s cabin?

7. What was Annabeth’s plan to win the flag?

8. Why does Annabeth make Percy stand in the water?

9. What does Chiron say about how the hellhound got into camp?

10. When you find out Percy’s true identity, are you surprised or did you see it coming? What clues were given earlier in the book?

Follow up activity:

Percy takes lessons in Ancient Greek from Annabeth every morning. He says a demigod’s brain is “hardwired” for Greek. Try your hand at learning the Greek alphabet below. Try writing the names of the Olympian gods using Greek letters.

Lower case Upper case Name of letter English letter Pronunciation

Tuesday 28th April

1. Practise your weekly spelling words:

ought

fought

rough

toughen

enough

coughed

dough

thoughtful

thoroughly

conscience (recap word)

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

undetermined

Definition:

Context:

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying noun phrases.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter seven of The Lightning Thief

MY DINNER GOES UP IN SMOKE

Read The Lightning Thief

If you would like to do some additional reading at any time, I have added some new titles to our 'Daily Reading' section, including a lovely text called, 'The Book of Hopes'.

Undertake Today’s main tasks:

Thinking Time…

You're having a dinner party and can have anything on the menu you want. What food and drink would you choose for you and your friends?

Complete the following comprehension questions based on chapter seven:

1. Who are Annabeth's parents?

2. What does it mean to be "undetermined"?

4. Why are some kids summer campers and others year-'rounders? Which would you rather be?

5. What do the beads mean on Annabeth's necklace?

6. Why is Annabeth frustrated when she and Percy talk about quests?

7. Why does Luke feel bitter?

8. Why does Percy ask for a blue Coke at dinner?

9. What does Percy wish for as he puts his dinner into the fire?

10. In what way does Percy feel different once he gets to the bonfire?

Follow up activity:

Choose a character from Chapter Six. Complete a ‘Role on the Wall’ for the character, using the outside of the outline to describe physical appearance and the inside to describe the character’s personality.

Monday 27th April

1. Spelling

Familiarise yourself with this week's words. Think about the meaning of the words and read the guidance for this spelling rule.

Weekly Spelling Focus: -ough words

Guidance: The -ough letter string can be used to spell a variety of different sounds, e.g. ‘uff’ in rough, tough and enough and ‘aw’ as in fought.

This Week's Words:

ought

fought

rough

toughen

enough

coughed

dough

thoughtful

thoroughly

conscience (recap word)

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

smouldered

Definition:

Context:

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Modifications:

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on adjectives.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter six of The Lightning Thief

I BECOME SUPREME LORD OF THE BATHROOM (pages 79 - 98)

Read The Lightning Thief

If you would like to do some additional reading at any time, I have added some new titles to our 'Daily Reading' section and you can also find the latest edition of First News in the section by the same name.

5. Undertake today's main tasks:

Thinking time...

Have you ever been the "new kid" in school? If so, how did it feel? If not, have you ever had a new kid come into your school? What it easy for them to fit in or not?

Complete the following comprehension questions based on chapter six:

1. What does Percy notice about the farm house as he walks away from it? What bothers him about the attic?

2. Why does Percy feel guilty about Grover getting in trouble?

3. Why do you think Percy asks Chiron about the Underworld? He says: "The beginnings of an idea – a tiny, hopeful fire – started forming in my mind." What does he mean?

4. Based on the description, what Greek god is cabin three dedicated to?

5. Why is Annabeth upset with Percy after they leave Cabin Eleven?

6. How does Annabeth know that Percy is "one of us"?

Follow-up Activity:

The 12 Olympian Gods + 2. This is a good point in the book to draw out the facts about the Olympian gods. You can organise this information how you wish.

Example:

God/Goddess: Zeus

Sphere of Control: sky, lord of the gods

animal/symbol: Eagle, lightning bolt

Friday 24th April

1. Spelling

Ask someone to test you on this week's words. Good Luck!

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

solstice

Definition:

Context:

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Modifications:

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying different types of determiners.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter five of The Lightning Thief

I PLAY PINOCHLE WITH A HORSE (pages 61 -79).

* Pinochle is a classic two-player card game developed in the United States, and it is still one of the country's most popular games.

Read The Lightning Thief

5. Undertake today's main tasks:

Thinking Time...

If someone granted you immortality (being your present age, just as you are, forever) would you take it? Think of as many pros and cons as you can.

Answer the following comprehension questions based on chapter 5:

1. What does the blond girl ask Percy as she's feeding him pudding?

2. What is strange about the man who is guarding Percy as he sleeps?

3. Why does Grover say he retrieved the Minotaur horn?

4. How does Percy feel after he tries the strange drink?

5. As he's gazing out from the front porch, what surprises Percy about the summer camp?

Follow-up Activity:

Go to www.theoi.com and look up "centaurs'' (these can be found in the 'bestiary' section). Feel free to search other sources for additional information. There are three different types described. Make a mind map with 'centaur' as the middle bubble, then branch out in three directions for the three different types of centaur. Next to each type, list at least five attributes of that kind of centaur. Where would Chiron fit on your chart?

Thursday 23rd April

1. Spelling Practice:

Some mistakes have been made with our weekly spelling words. Can you spot them?

leegue

coleague

plaged

fategued

cemist

echod

acheing

ancor

lessure

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

lumbering

Definition:

Context:

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Modifications:

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on the use of hyphens in compound words.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter four of The Lightning Thief

MY MOTHER TEACHES ME BULLFIGHTING (pages 47 -61).

Read The Lightning Thief

5. Undertake today's main tasks:

Answer the following comprehension questions based on chapter four.

1. What does Percy say that insults Grover?

2. According to Grover, who is after Percy?

3. What happens to make the car crash?

4. What does Percy's mom tell him to do when they get out of the car and why does Percy disobey?

5. What does Percy find strange about the bull-man's appearance?

6. Take a guess: Who is the "familiar face" that Percy thinks he sees? What makes you think this?

Writing task:

Imagine that you are Percy, writing a letter to Gabe, explaining how the Camaro got totaled. You should try to convince Gabe that the damage wasn't your fault. You can tell the truth, or make up a false explanation, but you will have to consider the damage to the car as it is described in the book.

Wednesday 22nd April

1. Practise your weekly spellings:

Try putting each of the words in to a sentence today to show their meaning.

league

colleague

plagued

fatigued

chemist

echoed

aching

anchor

persuade

leisure (recap word)

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

twinge

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on punctuation for parenthesis.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter three of The Lightning Thief

GROVER UNEXPECTEDLY LOSES HIS TROUSERS (pages 32-47).

Read The Lightning Thief

5. Undertake today's main tasks:

1. Does Percy have ADHD?

Read the description of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) provided below. Based on what you’ve read so far, does this description fit Percy or not? Find three pieces of evidence in the book that would support your point of view.

2. Chapter 3 follow-up: Create a timeline

A lot of background information about Sally and Percy’s lives is given in chapter three. Create a timeline with 5-10 events mentioned in the book, and draw a picture for each event. Some possible moments to illustrate: Sally’s parents die in a plane crash; Sally meets Percy’s father at the beach; Percy strangles a snake in his crib at day care; the one-eyed man stalks Percy on the playground.

Tuesday 21st April

1. Practise your weekly spelling words:

league

colleague

plagued

fatigued

chemist

echoed

aching

anchor

persuade

leisure (recap word)

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

hallucination

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on the use of conjunctions.

SATs Companion Link

4. Daily Reading: Read chapter two of The Lightning Thief

THREE OLD LADIES KNIT THE SOCKS OF DEATH (pages 18-32).

Read The Lightning Thief

5. Undertake today's main task:

Warm-up Activity

Consider the pros and cons of attending a boarding school versus a day school. Try to put at least three ideas for and against.

Would you like to attend a boarding school? Give reasons for your response.

Complete these comprehension questions based on chapter 2:

  1. Why does Percy think the whole school is playing a trick on him?
  2. Why does Percy decide to study for the Latin exam even though he’s given up on his other subjects?
  3. What leads Percy to believe that Grover and Mr. Brunner think he’s in danger?
  4. After the Latin test, what do you think Mr. Brunner was trying to say to Percy? Why does Percy react angrily to Mr. Brunner’s words?
  5. How does Percy say he’s different than the other kids at Yancy Academy?
  6. Why does Percy tell Grover he’s a really bad liar?
  7. What responsibility does Grover claim to have, and why does this strike Percy as strange?
  8. How do Percy and Grover end up on the side of the highway?
  9. How does Grover react when Percy tells him about the yarn-cutting?
  10. What does Percy think the yarn-cutting means? Does Grover seem to agree or not?

Extension task (this is optional):

  1. Make a graphic for chapter 2 (scroll down for an example of one based on chapter 1). A graphic is an illustrated representation of the chapter and has the following components:
    • A picture in the middle which is a symbol for the chapter. It can be an important object mentioned in the chapter – the bus, for instance, or a pair of scissors.
    • At least three colours used to colour the object. Each colour has to represent something, and you must write why you chose that colour. For instance, “Red stands for Percy’s anger at being expelled.”
    • On each corner of the page, pick a quote from the chapter and copy it. The quote can be any 1-2 line section that you think is significant, important, or tells something revealing about one of the characters. After each quote, explain what it means and why you picked it in a sentence.
    • Put the title of the chapter at the top.

Example:

Monday 20th April

1. Spelling

Familiarise yourself with this week's words. Think about the meaning of the words and read the guidance for this spelling rule.

Weekly Spelling Focus: ‘ch’ and ‘gue’ words.

Guidance: The ‘k’ sound can be spelt ‘ch’ (Greek in origin). The ‘g’ sound can be spelt ‘gue’ (mostly French in origin).

This Week's Words:

league

colleague

plagued

fatigued

chemist

echoed

aching

anchor

persuade

leisure (recap word)

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

vaporize

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying formal and informal language.

SATs Companion Link

4. Our daily reading this half-term will be based on our class novel: Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief. The expectation is that you will read a chapter each day.

The links below will open up a pdf version of the text.

Read The Lightning Thief

If you would like to do some additional reading at any time, I have added some new titles to our 'Daily Reading' section and you can also find the latest edition of First News in the section by the same name.

5. Undertake today's main task

This half-term we will be studying Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This novel will complement our Ancient Greece topic perfectly.

Thinking Time

  1. Have you ever been treated unfairly by a teacher (or parent, or other adult)? Think about the circumstances and why you considered the treatment unfair.
  2. Do you believe in anything that science can’t prove -- such as magic, or ghosts, or creatures like the Loch Ness monster? Why or why not?
  3. You have been granted one magical item of your choice. What would this item be, and what power would it have?

Today you need to read the Chapter 1: I ACCIDENTALLY VAPORIZE MY PRE-ALGEBRA TEACHER (pages 2-18) and then complete the tasks that follow.

Read Chapter 1

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What kind of school is Yancy Academy ?
  2. What bad experiences has Percy had on past field trips?
  3. Why can’t Percy get back at Nancy when she starts teasing Grover on the bus?
  4. Why doesn’t Percy get along with Mrs. Dodds?
  5. When do you first suspect that something may be unusual/supernatural about Mrs. Dodds?
  6. In the story about the gods and titans, who was Kronos and what happened to him after the gods defeated him?
  7. Why does Percy get angry at Mr. Brunner? How would you have felt in his position?
  8. What do you learn about Percy’s home life as he’s watching the taxis on Fifth Avenue?
  9. How does Percy get in trouble with Mrs. Dodds? Do you think it’s his fault?
  10. How have things changed when Percy returns to the front steps of the museum?

Finish today by making a prediction...

What was Mrs. Dodds? Why does everyone seem to forget her except for Percy? Did the fight really happen or was it in Percy’s mind? What will happen when Percy gets back to Yancy Academy?

Friday 3rd April

1. Spelling

Ask someone to test you on this week's words. Good Luck!

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

indignant

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying verbs in the progressive tense. Remember to think about the 'ing' suffix.

SATs Companion Link

4. Do some daily reading using the relevant ebook on the 'daily reading' page. If you prefer today, why not click on the newly added 'First News' link and read this week's newspaper.

5. Undertake today's main task:

For this last task you will need to click on the link below to open this week's edition of First New.

First News Link

All of these questions are about stories in the news this week. Can you find the article and the information?
Write the answer, the section of the paper and the page number where you found the information.

1. How should we mark Earth Hour?
2. Why is Rolo the dog in the news?
3. What have police called “faster than it looks” and a “talented fence jumper”, and why?
4. Where in the world have hanami parties (the viewing of blooming cherry blossoms) been banned and why?
5. Where did the idea of putting a rainbow in your window come from, and what was the reason behind it?
6. Which country is preparing for its first moon landing since 1976 with its Luna-25 spacecraft?

7. Which country wants to ban lots of single-use plastics, such as straws and cotton buds, from 2021, so it can help
protect its beaches and seas around its coast?
8. Why is Shanklin in the news?
9. According to Squires Garden Centres, everyone should plant a tree in their garden. Give three reasons why.
10. Why is Toni Painting a friend to Hutton’s shearwater chicks?

Challenge:

Thursday 2nd April

1. Spelling Practice:

Some mistakes have been made with our weekly spelling words. Can you spot them?

qestion

postioned

stasion

presission

destenation

permision

disscusion

operasion

preperation

acomodation

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

uproar

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying relative clauses.

SATs Companion Link

4. Do some daily reading using the relevant ebook on the 'daily reading' page. If you prefer today, why not click on the newly added 'First News' link and read this week's newspaper.

5. Undertake today's main task:

Read the newspaper article below and answer the questions that follow.

For this last task you will need to click on the link below to open this week's edition of First New.

First News Link

Find the answers to the following in this week's newspaper.

Optional Challenge:

Wednesday 1st April

1. Practise your weekly spellings:

Try putting each of them in to a sentence today to show their meaning.

question positioned station precision destination permission discussion operation preparation accommodation

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

peckish

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying modal verbs.

SATs Companion Link

4. Do some daily reading using the relevant ebook on the 'daily reading' page. If you prefer today, why not click on the David Walliams link at 11 o'clock and listen to one of his 'elevenses' stories?

5. Undertake today's main task:

The Sandman

Challenge:

This is sure to get your brain working Year 6...!

Each of these emoji strings represent a grammar/English word or term. How many can you get? Let's get our competitive juices flowing and see who can get the most! I will be revealing the answers at 2pm today. Good luck!

For example number two is 'subordinating conjunction'.

Tuesday 31st March

1. Practise your weekly spelling words:

question positioned station precision destination permission discussion operation preparation accommodation

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

luminous

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on the use of apostrophes..

SATs Companion Link

4. Do some daily reading using the relevant ebook on the 'daily reading' page. The selection of books has been added to. If you prefer today, why not click on the David Walliams link at 11 o'clock and listen to one of his 'elevenses' stories?

5. Undertake today's main task:

Air Hotel 3000

Writing challenge: choose from one of the two options below. Type your compositions in an email to me - I'd love to read them!

Optional Task:

Monday 30th March

Weekly Spelling Focus: -ation, -sion, -ssion and -tion endings.

Guidance: Words end in -sion when they sound like -shun (as in division). Words also end in -sion when the word ends in ‘d’ or ‘se’. The words attend – attention and intend – intention are exceptions to this rule. Spell words ending in -tion when the word ends in ‘t’ or ‘te’.

This week's Words: question positioned station precision destination permission discussion operation preparation accommodation

1. Spelling

Familiarise yourself with this week's words. Think about the meaning of the words and read the guidance for this spelling rule.

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

tempestuous

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on identifying commands..

SATs Companion Link

4. Do some daily reading using the relevant ebook on the 'daily reading' page. The selection of books has been added to.

5. Undertake today's main task:

Twinkle, twinkle, little flame...

Continue the story by writing the next paragraph. Feel free to type it in an email to me - I'd love to read your compositions!

I will start to add some examples of your writing to our class page so that your peers can enjoy them too.

Friday 27th March

1. Spelling

Ask someone to test you on this week's words. Good Luck!

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

paramount

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on turning adjectives in to adverbs.

SATs Companion Link

4. Do some daily reading using the relevant ebook on the 'daily reading' page.

5. Undertake today's main task:

2799

Extension Task (this is optional):

Continue the story by writing the next paragraph. If you attempt this task, type it in an email to me - I'd love to read your compositions!

Optional Task:

Thursday 26th March

1. Spelling Practice:

Some mistakes have been made with our weekly spelling words. Can you spot them?

facail

superfitial

croocial

artifcial

esentially

potentialy

influencial

confedential

benficial

ocuppy

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

repulsive

Definition:

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on the use of co-ordinating conjunctions.

SATs Companion Link

4. Do some daily reading using the relevant ebook on the 'daily reading' page.

5. Undertake today's main task:

The Vacation

Extension Task (this is optional):

If you attempt this task, type it in an email to me - I'd love to read your compositions!

Wednesday 25th March

1. Practise your weekly spellings:

Try putting each of them in to a sentence today to show their meaning.

facial superficial crucial artificial essentially potentially influential confidential beneficial occupy

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

obliterate

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3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on the use of subordinating conjunctions.

SATs Companion Link

4. Do some daily reading using the relevant ebook on the 'daily reading' page.

5. Undertake today's main task:

Reshaping The World

Extension Task (this is optional):

Continue the story by writing the next paragraph. If you attempt this task, type it in an email to me - I'd love to read your compositions!

Tuesday 24th March

1. Practise your weekly spellings:

facial superficial crucial artificial essentially potentially influential confidential beneficial occupy

2. Complete today's Word of The Day:

naive

Definition:

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* Remember that modifications can be made by adding prefixes/suffixes to a word.

3. Complete today's grammar Task:

Today's task is based on the use of semi-colons.

SATs Companion Link

4. Undertake today's main task:

Then and Now

Extension task (this is optional):

Monday 23rd March

Weekly Spelling Words

facial superficial crucial artificial essentially potentially influential confidential beneficial occupy

Word of The Day

eccentric

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Grammar Task

Today's task is based on prefixes. Click on the link to access this.

SATs Companion Link

Main Task

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