The Tyrrells School

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Play the Pirate Game that we sent home on Friday. (A pdf version can be found below.) Roll one die to decide what kind of story you will tell or write. (if you can’t locate a die, there’s a link to a virtual one below) Will it be a funny or a scary story?

Roll the die again to choose the setting. Can you think of four great describing words to tell people what the setting is like? Is it a noisy old pirate ship, or a silent sandy island?

Roll the die again to choose a character. Give them a brilliant name and think of some words to tell people what they look like or what they like to do. Do they like to look for treasure or make people walk the plank?

With the final roll of the die, you can choose a prop for your story. Will you get treasure or a hook for an arm?

Can you tell or write a story to go with your choices? Write it in your notebook or video yourself telling it. We would love to see them!

Once you’ve had a turn, let someone else at home have a go and make up a brilliant story for you to listen to. Did they think of any great adjectives to describe their setting? Do you know what they mean?


Children should begin by being a human set of weighing scales - holding objects and describing them using vocabulary such as heavy, light, heavier than and lighter than. The children may believe that larger objects are always heavier and this misconception should be explored.


Watch the short introduction to weight and mass from Classroom Secrets below. Can you get all of the answers correct?

Here's a great video demonstration on balance scales from White Rose Maths. Use Lesson 1 today. You could pause the video when the questions appear on the screen to give the children enough time to answer them in lovely full sentences. There's also a little activity to go with the video, which the children can just explain the answers to if you don't want to print it out.
Unzip the pdf file below and run through pages 3-15. Please talk to the children about their answers. Encourage them to answer in full sentences, such as 'The elephant is heavier than the hedghog' or 'The orange is lighter than the table.'

Play Mr Pip's Fruit Balance. Which is heavier, a cherry or a lemon? Is an orange lighter than an apple? Are there any fruits that have the same mass?


Complete one or both of the worksheets below. Don't worry if you can't print these out. Please just talk about the answers and check that your child has a clear understanding of heavier and lighter when comparing objects. 

This can all be done practically with 3 or 4 objects in the home and 'human scales'. Can you say which is the heaviest? Which is the lightest? Can you give an answer of the format '___ is lighter than ___, but heavier than ___?'