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Bellatrix (Year 4/5)

Spring 2

Remote learning

Every day you will need to check our web page for updates and new learning. Your child will be invited to weekly check-ins (on Microsoft Teams) which will take place every Wednesday. This is an opportunity for your child to see Mrs Cornwell, Miss Boggett and Mrs Khan,  show any work they are proud of and to see some of their friends they might be missing (an adult must be present during these video calls).  You will also continue to receive messages through Marvellous Me. Each day, your child will be expected to use Reading Plus and Times Tables Rock Stars.  Sometimes they will need to access Purple Mash for learning tasks.  If you need password reminders or would like to set up Marvellous Me,  please contact the school office.

Here is a suggested timetable which mirrors the school day and might help with a routine at home. It is important to try and complete all the tasks set.






12:00 – 1:00





Reading Plus

Times Tables Rock Stars

English learning


Maths learning


Topic activities

Play and relax

You have been sent a ParentMail giving you instructions for how to submit your child’s work.

Here are your learning activities for this week. 

Some of the activities include worksheets.  Remember that you do not need to print any work out.  Just record your responses neatly onto paper.

Monday 1st March

IMPORTANT: Sometimes you need to refresh your web browser to be able to read updated learning. You may need to do this more than once so that new learning appears.

Some of the activities include worksheets.  Remember that you do not need to print any work out.  Just record your responses neatly onto paper.



This week we will be word learning the prefix auto.  

Auto means ‘self’ or ‘own’. It can be added to the front of some root words. 

We can just add the prefix auto- to these root woods. There is no need to swapdouble or drop any letters. Try practicing the following words out loud: 



Here are some more words with the prefix auto-. Let’s see the words matched to the meanings. 

definition word with prefix auto- 
something that works by itself, without anyone controlling it automatic 
an American word meaning ‘car’ automobile 
a screen that shows a presenter’s or actor’s script autocue 

Have a go at writing out the auto words. Use your neat, joined handwriting.


Last week, you started to explore the story of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Anthony Browne.

Today’s lesson focuses on answering questions on the climax part of the story.

Follow this link to get the video link to the lesson.



Last week, you explored the story called ‘The Game’ which is based on the film Jumanji.

You can listen to a recording of The Game story below here:

Here is the text so you can read along while you listen:

Have a go at creating your own sentences based on the story:

Now, complete this description of the tarantula using your own choice of words:


Spend 10 minutes on Times Tables Rock Stars.

Spend 10 minutes on Hit the Button. Practise the times tables that you think you need the most practise with.


Equivalent lengths m and cm

Watch the video lesson before completing the task sheet.

Religious Education – Lent

Why is Lent so important for Christians?

What is Lent?

Lent is a significant season and the start of a very important time in the Christian Calendar. It is the time of new beginnings and new growth for Christians.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is the day after Pancake Day and it lasts 40 days long. This is because Christians believe that’s long Jesus spent in the desert to be with God. During this time, he had no food and nothing to drink. They also believe whilst Jesus was in the desert, the Devil appeared, trying to tempt Him.

Lent lasts 40 days, and ends at Easter, to remind Christians of Jesus’ sacrifices when he was in the desert.

What Do Christians Do During Lent?

In the past, Christians would give up all ‘rich’ food and drink during Lent. This meant food such as meat, eggs, fats and milk products weren’t eaten. People used up their ‘rich’ foods before Lent began, by making pancakes; this is why we have Pancake Day.

Today, during Lent many Christians try to ‘give up’ or ‘stop having’ things they like. It might be chocolate or something like video games.

They do this to remember Jesus’ struggles, when he did not have food or drink and to see if they can resist being tempted, like Jesus did in the desert.

Other activities Christians can do during Lent include fasting, giving charity, praying and prepare for Easter.

Lots of churches also hold special Lent services. The priest wears purple garments, and a purple cloth is placed on the altar during Lent. The colour purple also signifies Jesus’ struggles.

What Would You Give Up for Lent?

If you were giving up something for Lent, what would it be?

Why would it be difficult for you to give it up?

Tuesday 2nd March

IMPORTANT: Sometimes you need to refresh your web browser to be able to read updated learning. You may need to do this more than once so that new learning appears.

Some of the activities include worksheets. Please just record your responses neatly onto paper.



In this lesson, you will learn to analyse the characters of the witch and the stepmother.



Complete the dot and dash activity below. Remember to use your neat, joined handwriting. 

The answers are included so you can check and correct your work: 


This week, you are going to write your own version of the problem part of the story. This is the part where the tarantula appears. Choose a different creature that does different things in the classroom. Use this grid to plan your writing:


Spend 10 minutes on Times Tables Rockstars.

Practise a times table of your choice on hit the button:


Equivalent lengths – mm and cm

Watch the video below first before completing the activity sheet:

Cultural Capital – York Minster

York Minster is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful cathedrals. It is famous for its amazing architecture and stained-glass windows. 

Work began on the present Cathedral in 1220 and it took until 1472 to complete. At 525ft long, 250ft wide and a massive 196ft high, it is the biggest medieval Cathedral in the whole of northern Europe, and it dominates the skyline of York. 

York Minster is particularly exceptional in that it contains some of the best examples of stained glass in Europe. There is a total of 128 windows. 

The ‘Great West Window’ of York Minster is know as The Heart of York. 
York Minster ‘Rose Window’ contains over 15,000 individual pieces of glass. 
The York Minster ‘Choir Screen’ shows statues of every English King. 

What is your favourite feature of York Minster? 

Explore the website below to learn more about the famous cathedral. 


Wednesday 3rd March

IMPORTANT: Sometimes you need to refresh your web browser to be able to read updated learning. You may need to do this more than once so that new learning appears.

Some of the activities include worksheets.  Remember that you do not need to print any work out.  Just record your responses neatly onto paper. You have been sent a ParentMail detailing how photos of work can be emailed to school.



Complete the table below. 

prefix root word prefix + root word + suffix -s or -es 
auto- pilot autopilot autopilots 
auto-  cue   
auto- biography   


Today’s lesson explores the genre of fairy tales:



Use your plan from yesterday’s lesson to help you to re write the problem part of the story.

Try to use different fronted adverbials to show the action. Look at the example below to get you started.


Spend 10 minutes on Times Tables Rock Stars.

Spend 10 minutes on Hit the Button. Practise the tables that you think you need the most practise with.https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button


Watch the video below before you complete the activity sheet:

Science – Our Solar System

The Solar System includes the Sun, the Earth and all the other planets, asteroids and comets that go around and around it. You may think that the Earth is a big place, but the Earth is not even the biggest planet in the Solar System. The biggest planet is Jupiter – you could fit 1,321 Earths inside Jupiter. The Sun is even bigger than Jupiter – it would take 1.3 million planets the size of Earth to fill the same volume as the Sun.

We are always on the move! Even when you are standing still, you are moving! You are moving because the Earth and everything in our solar system is constantly moving. At the centre of it all is the Sun. The Sun is a star – a massive ball of hot gas that gives off light and heat. It takes the Sun 25 days to spin, or rotate, completely around. Everything in the Solar System revolves around the Sun. The Sun is just one of hundreds of billions of stars in the galaxy that we live in, which is called the Milky Way. 

There are eight planets that orbit around the Sun. From closest to farthest from the Sun, they are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The first four planets are called terrestrial planets. They are mostly made of rock and metal, and they are mostly solid. The last four planets are called gas giants. This is because they are much larger than other planets and are mostly made of gas. The closest planet to the Sun is Mercury, and the farthest away is Neptune.

The biggest planet is Jupiter, and the smallest planet is Mercury.

The Earth’s orbit around the Sun

The Earth’s path around the Sun is called its orbit. The Earth rotates as it orbits the Sun. It takes one day to complete a rotation. This is what causes day and night. As the Earth rotates, it also moves, or revolves, around the Sun. It takes 365 days for the Earth to complete one circuit around the Sun. We call this a year.

Watch the video below to learn more.


The Moons orbit around the Earth

As the Earth orbits the Sun, the Moon orbits the Earth. The Moon’s orbit lasts 27 1/2 days, but because the Earth keeps moving, it takes the Moon two extra days, 29 1/2, to come back to the same place in our sky. The shape of the Moon appears to change when seen from the Earth. The Moon is lit by the Sun. Half of the Moon is lit and half is dark. When the dark side of the Moon is facing Earth, we cannot see it; this is called a new moon. As the Moon starts to orbit Earth we can see more and more of the lit side. At various stages in its orbit, it is called a crescent moon, a quarter moon, and a full moon. It is called a full moon when we can see all the sunlit side of the Moon.

Watch the video below to learn more.


Thursday 4th March

IMPORTANT: Sometimes you need to refresh your web browser to be able to read updated learning. You may need to do this more than once so that new learning appears.

Some of the activities include worksheets.  Remember that you do not need to print any work out.  Just record your responses neatly onto paper.

Today is World Book Day

In the Autumn Term, we all loved reading the story, ‘Rooftoppers’ by Katherine Rundell.

Here is a quick summary of the story:

Here is Katherine Rundell discussing her inspiration for the story:

Here is the author reading the opening of the story:

Read along with chapter 1 here:

Choose some activities from the grid below based on ‘Rooftoppers’.

Author Event – Cressida Cowell

We are very excited to have been chosen to take part in a connecting stories event in partnership with The National Literacy Strategy.  

This World Book Day,  at 2pm meet multi-million-selling, award-winning author Cressida Cowell, creator of the How to Train Your Dragon books (and DreamWorks films) and The Wizards of Once series – and the Waterstones Children’s Laureate. Cressida will talk about her latest book, The Wizards of Once: Never and Forever and will give tips on becoming an author or illustrator. You will find the link below to join in with the live session. 


All participant cameras and live chat will be switched off so the event will be safe for all, and no participant information will be visible. 

Friday 5th March

Catch up time

Today is a screen free day. You will find some excellent ideas below for how to spend your screen free time. First, have a look through the learning on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and use your time to catch up with your learning ready for next week.

Screen Free Friday

Today, we would like you to create a big mind map using drawings and key words. On the mind map show all of your hopes and dreams for when we are back at school:

What are you looking forward to learning about?

Which friends are you excited to see?

Which teachers are you excited to see again?

What games are you going to play?

Who do you sit near in the classroom?

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