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Today we are going to be using the treasure map that we sent home (please see the Geography lesson under ‘Foundation Subjects’ if you’ve not attempted this task already).


We are going to describe the island where their treasure is buried. Point out the unusual spelling of the word ‘island’. Look at different treasure maps (see pictures below) and ask children to imagine what the places would really look like.


Ask your child to ‘thought shower’ interesting words and adjectives that describe the island and note these down for use later.


Show them the sentence: He got off the boat.

Can they improve this sentence?

Who got off the boat? Name your pirate... Was it the Pirate Captain or Sea Dog Sam?

How did he get off the boat? Did he run, or jump, or was he made to walk the plank?

What was the boat like? Was it shiny and new or old and creaky?

Where did he find himself when he got off the boat? Was it a sandy beach, some rocky cliffs or a crocodile infested green swamp?

You could repeat this process with ‘He walked along the beach’ if they have enjoyed this exercise or you feel that they need some more practice.


Help your child to orally compose sentences which include an adjective. They should then use the ideas gathered previously to write a few sentences to describe what the pirate can see as he explores the island. Please write these down in your notebook - and send them into us so we can see how you are getting on.


Challenge: Can they join two sentences together using ‘and’?


Today we are going to be learning to find the masses of objects using non-standard units. 


Watch the video below. From 0:20, pause it after the man says each sentence and encourage children to repeat it so that they are familiar with the sentences they will need to justify their answers:


‘When the arm of the balance is level, the masses on each side of the balance are equal. The mass of the toy truck is 9 blocks.’


‘On one side of the balance there are 7 blocks. On the other side there is a toy boat. The balance is not level (equal). The toy boat is heavier than the 7 blocks.’


‘On one side of the balance there are ten blocks. On the other side there is a teddy. The balance is not level (equal). The teddy is lighter than the 10 blocks.'

Now watch the video for Lesson 2 - Measuring Mass using the link below. As the lady asks the questions, encourage the children to answer the questions in the full sentences as practised.

Work through the activities below, encouraging children to justify their answers using full sentences.

Pages 28-34 of the below resource are useful for challenging children to apply their reasoning skills to problems when measuring mass.