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We are looking at the long /oo/ sound again today, but this time it is spelt 'ue'.

Have a go at reading these words to start with...

Now write as many of these words as you can into a sentence. 

For example: It is true that I had to get into a queue to look at the blue statue.


Then read these alien words:


We've just had a quick chat with the Farm Captain, who is currently locked down on his new farm with the rest of the crew from his ship. He's absolutely delighted with the information that we have sent him on the animals that he has on his farm and he is now coping much better with that part of his job. He would like to say thank you to all of you for your hard work and he is very grateful.


Unfortunately, it turns out that the rest of the crew are actually completely clueless about the crops on the farm. Pirate Pete was caught cutting the wheat field with a lawn mower and Pirate Sam was found climbing a tree looking for potatoes!


To help the crazy bunch of brand new farmers out, we'd like you to research generally how the pirates should look after the farm crops. What do they need to given? When and where should they be planted? How are they collected in? Then investigate two or three crops that would grow on a UK farm so that you can write about them and add this to your non-fiction book. What are they used for? Where do they grow? Which part of the plant do we eat? 


There's some information attached below or you can find plenty of research online using Kiddle. We researched barley, maize, potatoes, rye, sunflowers and wheat - but you can choose any UK crop. We've also included a couple of videos from The Grain Chain to help explain what happens to wheat - which is something that we would have found out on our visit to Barleylands had we been able to visit. 


Please write the notes in your exercise book and send us over a photo on Seesaw. We look forward to seeing them. 


Problem of the Day: Can you solve it? Send us your answer on Seesaw please.

For the next two weeks in Maths, we will be looking at money. 


Show the image of the eight coins used in the UK. If you can, show children real or plastic versions of these coins. Do they know the names of the coins?

Let them study the coins, or the pictures carefully...

Ask: What’s the same and what’s different between the coins?

If necessary, draw attention to the fact that all coins have the Queen’s head on one side, but that they all have different images on the other.


Ask the child to group the coins by colour (copper, silver and gold or gold and silver).

Ask: What’s the same and what’s different between these groups of coins?

Where necessary, explain the relevant colour vocabulary (copper, silver and gold). Link this to gold, silver and bronze medals and explain that the gold (and silver) coins have the greatest value, followed by the silver, then the copper (or bronze).


Now ask your child to group the coins by shape.

Ask: What’s the same and what’s different between these groups of coins?

At this point, you will more than likely need to teach the vocabulary ‘heptagonal’ (seven-sided) and say that 20 pence and 50 pence coins have heptagonal faces. Draw attention to the circular faced coins, and discuss the strange shape of the pound coin (12-sided).


Using a cut out set of the eight coins given (or real coins) and two pots marked 'heptagons' and 'round' - can your child sort the coins and say why they chose to put it there?

Then ask your child to organise the coins according to colour - copper or silver/gold. Ask them again to explain why they place each coin in each pot and reinforce the vocabulary.


Try these problems. Try to give full sentence answers when you are giving your explanation.



Can you see how Will has sorted his coins?



Is Becky correct?



Now try these worksheets...

You could also play ‘guess the coin’, where your child must ask questions which need a yes or no answer. Put the coins in a little bag, or a sock, choose one and encourage them to ask questions to work out which one it is.


Is it copper?

Is it round?

Is it a heptagon?

Is it silver? 


Finally, have a quick look at the old pound coin and compare it to the new pound coin in the image below. What's the same? What's different?



Point out the new shape (12-sided, it's a dodecagon) and the combination of metals, similar to the £2 coin.