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Week Beginning 30th March 2020

This week you should aim to complete one Power Maths lesson each day including the Power Up. There are some extra maths tasks there too which will help you to remember the work we have done in the past few weeks.

Please read for at least 15 minutes each day and talk to somebody about your book.  We now have some English lessons, try and have a look at one of these per day. 

Work on your Spelling Passport words each day by using the 'Word of the Day' questions, concentrate on one word per day. Your normal weekly spelling words are there for you to learn, along with some activities to help you learn the words.

If you would like to do some extra English, there is a comprehension activity and three short grammar activities for you.

Have a go at some science by working through the videos and questions, there is also a practical investigation you can do with a torch and some paper.

This week we have added a Brainsqueezer question.  This is from Philosophy for Children and it is designed to help you start an interesting conversation at home.  Think about the question, talk to your family about it and see if you can come up with a good persuasive argument to support your idea.  Why not share it on your Dojo portfolio and we could have a virtual discussion!

Don't forget to try to complete some of the activities on the topic mat.

Brainsqueezer

Brainsqueezer 1

Science

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The Seasons Video 1

Watch The Seasons Video 1 and answer these questions in your books:

What causes the different seasons on Earth?

What season is experienced by the part of the Earth that is tilted away from the Sun?

What season is experienced by the part of the Earth that is tilted towards the Sun?

What do we call the top half of the Earth?

What do we call the bottom half of the Earth?

 

Seasons Video 2.mp4

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The Seasons Video 2

Watch The Seasons video 2 and answer these questions in your book:

How do you think the Earth’s tilt affects the poles?

How does the Earth’s tilt affect the sunlight reaching the equator?

How do think this affects the seasons at the equator?

Seasons Video 3.mp4

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The Seasons Video 3

Watch The Seasons video 3 and answer these questions:

Can you remember what the bears predominantly eat in each season?

How do grizzly bears prepare for hibernation?

What does a bear do during hibernation?

Why don’t all animals hibernate in winter?

 

An investigation for you to try:

You will need:

  • Squared paper

  • Torch

  • Card or paper

  • Pencil

Activity:

  1. Roll the card or paper into a tube (slightly larger than the torch) and tape it to end of the torch. This will create a narrow beam of light.
  2. Position the light beam straight down on the sheet of squared paper at a 90-degree angle. This represents the Sun’s light over the equator.
  3. Draw round the circle of light on the squared paper.  You can also find the area of the beam of light by counting the number of squares the light covers.
  4. Now, position the torch pointing down on the sheet of squared paper, but at a 45-degree angle. This represents the Sun’s light striking the Earth nearer the poles.
  5. Draw round the new circle of light on the squared paper. You could also find the area of this new beam of light by counting the number of squares the light covers. You should notice that although the light now covers a wider area, the light that hits the paper is less bright.

 

Explaining the Science:

When the torch was held at a 90-degree angle, the light was bright and the light covered a small area. When the torch was held at a 45-degree angle, the light intensity was less and the beam of light covered a larger area. Less light energy means lower average temperatures. This explains why temperatures are warmer and light intensity is greater at the equator than it is at the poles.

Extension Activity (for the super keen)

  • Research an animal that hibernates or is otherwise adapted to living in harsh winter conditions, and present your findings.
  • Investigate the differences between evergreen and deciduous trees, or how cacti are adapted to living in very hot regions.
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