Grebes Home Learning 4.5.20

Dear Parents/Carers,

Here is this week’s Topic work, some History and Science. Please let me know at if you have any queries. Thanks for all the great work you are doing.

History: Viking Raiders and Settlers

This week we are learning about the history of those great seafarers, the Vikings, who settled and prospered in Britain beginning in the 9th century. There is a great resource on Espresso (see the pdf file “Be a Viking Explorer”). You will need the login and password student 23616 / coding. When you load the lesson you will find a bar at the top of the screen (see below) which will guide you through the special home learning sequence.

  • Explore the resources on Espresso. Watch the videos. Take the quizzes.
  • Follow your interests. If you are interested in a particular aspect of the Vikings, such as their religion, ships, poetry, weapons, then feel free to focus on that.
  • Decide how you will present your learning: handwriting, Powerpoint, poster, booklet, video?
  • Explore other resources. For example, on the BBC iPlayer there is the documentary “Wild Way of the Vikings” which looks at wildlife through the eyes of the Vikings. You can learn a lot about the Viking people while gazing at the beautiful animals and landscapes!

Anglia Water has prepared a series of lessons about water. In the first lesson (see pdf “The Water Cycle”), we learn about how water continually moves around the planet, changing states between liquid, solid and gas.

Don’t worry if you don’t have all the resources for the activities – do what you can.

(The full series of lessons is available here:

Grebes Week Beginning 27th April

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thanks for supporting your children with their home learning. I have received lots of wonderful Great Wave pictures and Geography investigations. If you have done them and have yet to send them in, email them to Here is this week’s home learning:


Make a quiz about a country of your choice. Aim to write ten questions. Make sure you know the answers! You can present this in your own way – e.g. a handwritten list of questions, a poster, a Powerpoint, a video.

Tip: Put the easier questions first and the harder ones at the end. You may wish to make some questions worth more points than others.

C:\Users\Mr Leaver\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.MSO\6833AF2F.tmp C:\Users\Mr Leaver\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.MSO\D7A58F12.tmp South Korea: 11 reasons to visit as it basks in Oscars glory Send your quiz to Mr Leaver and we will put them up on the website for others to do. Here is my quiz about South Korea. Good luck!

Mr Leaver’s South Korea Quiz

  1. What is the official language of South Korea? (1 point)
  2. In what continent is South Korea? (1 point)
  3. What is the only country South Korea has a land border with?

(2 points)

  1. What is the most famous Korean food? (Koreans have it with almost every meal!) Hint: K _ M _ _ I (1 point)
  2. When did South Korea host the football World Cup? (1 point)
  3. Where did South Korea finish in that World Cup? (2 points)
  4. What is the capital and largest city of South Korea? (1 point)
  5. Sejong the Great Bronze statue 02.JPG What is the name of the subtropical island off the south coast of Korea? (1 point)
  6. When was Korea split into North and South? (1 point)
  7. King Sejong the Great created the Korean alphabet so that everyone (not just the rich) could read. How do you write his name in Korean? (3 points)



Learning Objective: To imitate an artist’s style

This week’s artist is J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), an English painter. Look through the examples of his work and see what they all have in common.

You are going to make a picture in Turner’s style.

  1. Decide on five features you think your picture will NEED to include. Look closely at the weather, the land, the water, the ships, the humans in his paintings. Also think about the MOOD these pictures create – how do you feel when you look at Turner’s paintings?
  2. Gather your toolkit! Turner used oil paints and watercolours. You could use sponges to create cloudy skies. If paints are unavailable, you could use pencils, crayons, pens, collage, even photography!
  3. Give your painting a title. Email it to Mr Leaver.

Take this further

Make a picture in the OPPOSITE of Turner’s style. What would it be like?!

Investigate Turner’s life. Why were his paintings so intense and full of danger?

Maths and English – See daily activities on Study Ladder and Doodle apps. Congratulations to this week’s Doodle champions:

Year 3 – Marley (Maths), Mr Leaver (Tables), Aaron (English), Seth (Spell)

Year 4 – Alex (Maths), Florence (Tables), William (English), William (Spell)

Spellings – See this week’s list. Take a test when you’re ready.

Grebes Week Beginning 20th April

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all well. Our whole-school topic in the Summer term is “Oceans and Boats”. Each week we remain in lockdown, I will post work for Grebes on the school website.

For Maths and English we will be using Studyladder, an online learning platform. You should receive your child’s login details by email. Log in and see what activities await you this week! I can see when these are completed and then set more tasks.

We will continue to use the Doodle apps – please keep practising them daily as they will make a big difference.

Finally, I will set some Topic work each week: this week’s is a Geography investigation and an Art challenge. Please send photos of your child’s work and/or work completed on computer to and I will hasten to get back to you.

Any problems, just let me know. Missing you all!
Mr Leaver

MathsStudyladder – Telling the time
– Addition and subtraction

Doodle Maths – Daily practice

Doodle Tables – Daily practice
EnglishStudyladder – SPAG – homonyms
– Reading comprehension

Doodle English – Daily practice

Doodle Spell – Daily practice
GeographyInvestigating trade links between the UK and the rest of the world. (See separate sheet below)
ArtImitating the style of Japanese artist Hokusai. (See separate sheet below)

Here is this week’s spelling list. Your child should read the list and identify any words s/he can already spell comfortably, then focus on the trickier ones. See if your child can get full marks by the end of the week. Children with 100% scores are entitled to do victory dances (apologies if this causes any disturbances at home).

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