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30/ 06/20

Money Matters:

The World of Work

As an adult, in order to find work and earn the money we need to look after ourselves, we need to acquire work skills. Have a think about the job that you would like to do and decide which skills you will need and why.

E.g I am a teacher.

I need communication skills so that I can help children learn and to plan and prepare lessons and make decsisions with my work colleagues.

I need computer skills to prepare lesson resources for children to look at and understand.

I need Mathematics skills in order to teach Maths.

I need to be able to problem solve quickly in order to keep children safe and happy.

What do we need money for?

For this activity, work with an adult. Choose a room in the house and list everything that money is needed for. Remember, gas and electricity cost money. Speak to an adult about how often this is paid for and how the amount is calculated. Which of these are essential and which are not?

What do I need? What do I want?

Look at the items below.

  1. List which ones are needed (this means they are essential) and which are wants (this means they are not essential).
  2. Which ones should you spend your money on first? Please remember that it takes a long time to earn money and money runs out! Order the items from most essential to least essential.

What’s your opinion?

Look at the jobs below: Game designers, nurse, professional footballer, firefighter and politician.

Different jobs pay different amounts of money, but it’s also important to choose a job that you will enjoy doing and makes you feel fulfilled. Being fulfilled might come from helping others, improving the World or from being creative and using your personal qualities.

Which of these job positions do you think earn the most money?

Give your opinion:

  • Which of these positions should earn the most money?
  • Should they all earn the same amount?
  • For what reason should one job pay more than another?
  • What’s more important when choosing a job: how much money the job pays, how fulfilled you are in the job or how much the job helps others?

English 30/6/20


Advertisements are designed to make you spend your money. The language and images they use are specifically designed to tempt you!


Choose two of the radio and TV adverts below and write a comparison of the strategies they have used. How were the strategies similar or different? What messages did they try to convey to make you buy the product? Which was most effective?

Questions to get you started:

Word mat to help you write a comparison

Adverts to analyse:

Black Lives Matter: 500 word story writing Competition!

This week you have the opportunity to enter a writing competition. 500 Words is the world’s largest story-writing competition for children. Past competitions have included themes such as climate change and technology and this week the theme is the Black Lives Matter Movement.

The deadline is 11:59pm on Friday 3rd July 2020. Children must write a story of no more than 500 words that responds to any of the themes surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.

You can email your writing to us to have a look before you post and we can give you some tips!

You can submit your entry here:

Ideas to get you started:

You may consider a narrative that has a theme such as equality, fairness, kindness or friendship, it could be set in a school or on holiday.

You may wish to tell a story that tells a story of achievements made by significant black figures in Science, Maths, Art, Sport or any other subject. The protagonist could be significant figure from real-life e.g. Mae Jemison, Katherine Johnson, Steve McQueen or Muhammad Ali – there are thousand more to choose from or it could be an imaginary person.

You may like to tell a historical narrative that celebrates the contributions made by the Windrush generation or imagine what it was like for people travelling from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1971. What was the atmosphere like on board the ship? What was the experience like once they arrived in England – was it positive or negative?–gcse-immigration-to-london-from-ghana-and-jamaica/z4vs382

You could also tell a story that tells the story of the fight for justice. For example, you might consider the American stories of Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King or you may prefer to focus on a British activist such as Olive Morris: . You may like to tell a story that refers to more recent campaigns for justice e.g. the removal of statues or the returning of objects in museums to their place of origin.

Science 23/06/20

Day and Night 23/06/20

Can you remember earlier in the year when we learnt about day and night?

Watch and read using the links below to recall your knowledge and then complete the tasks.

Task 1:

Draw and label a diagram that shows day and night. Use the terms: axis, solar, sun rays, spins, axis, shadow, rotates, orbit. Write a short explanation that explains ‘Why do we get day and night?’

CHALLENGE A: Can you explain why there are longer days in Summer in the UK?

CHALLENGE B: Can you remember what Dave Wolf (astronaut) said it was like to be on the dark side of the Earth when out in Space? You can listen in full again here:

Summarise what Dave Wolf says about his experience on the dark side of the Earth.

CHALLENGE C: Choose two places in the World. Research and explain how day and night differs to UK. For example in In Reykjavík (Iceland) it will not get dark at night from May 21 until July 30 at all – why is this?

Science Investigation 23/06/20

On a sunny day, people often wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the rays of the Sun. Even with sunglasses on, you must never look directly at the Sun as it can damage your eyes! That’s how strong the Sun is!

Task 1

Read about transparent, translucent and opaque materials below. Can you say which types of materials might protect your eyes from the Sun. e.g. cling film would not work as it is transparent and the rays would get through.


Can you design a pair of sunglasses using your material. You can make them using materials you can find at home or draw and label your design on paper. Please remember you must never look directly at the Sun, even with glasses on!

Healthy Body : Healthy Mind! 23/06/20

During lockdown, we’ve all found new ways to stay active and keep healthy.

Read the links above to improve your understanding of a healthy lifestyle.

Task 1:

Write a healthy meal plan for the week. Consider the different food groups and the vitamins that foods provide.

Task 2:

Plan and cook a healthy meal with a member of your family. Can you send us some pictures and tell us how it tasted.

Task 3:

Plan a 20 minute exercise routine. Record your pulse before you start for 30 seconds. Now record it again at the end. Has it speeded up? Use the link below to help you explain why.

Art 23/06/20

Uzo Egonu

Uzo Egona (1931 – 1996) was born in Nigeria and moved to London as a child. He stayed in London for over 50 years.

Look at the paintings by Uzo Egonu below. One depicts his place of birth, the other depicts London, where he lived for almost all of his life. Both paintings are abstract.

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate image of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and marks to achieve its effect.

Northern Nigerian Landspace, by Uzo Egonu, 1964

This painting is an abstracted image of a northern Nigerian village. The perspective has been flattened and the rounded huts stacked on top of each other are outlined with black. Winding lines could represent parts of a tree, paths or rivers divide the painting into distinct parts that are then filled in with decorative designs. Overall the colour pallette is subdued and the shades of brown, olive green, ochre and cobalt blue recall the natural environment.

Picadilly Circus, by Uzo Egonu, 1969

London played an important role in Uzo Egonu’s work. Through his artwork, he depicted many sides of the city with particular focus on landmarks and monuments such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square. Egonu’s work incorporates an arresting colour palette of vibrant, bold hues within a fusion of abstract, caricature and photo-realistic styles.

The image depicts a central Eros statue, around which buses, advertisements and traffic swirl in red, white and blue. Egonu depicts a birds-eye view of the lively and restless city.

Task 1: Compare and Contrast

Can you compare and contrast the two paintings.

  1. How are the styles similar? (marks, perspective, colours, shapes, pattern)
  2. How are the styles different? (marks, perspective, colours, shapes, pattern)
  3. What do the paintings remind you of? (other artists, real objects or places that you have seen…)
  4. Which painting do you prefer?
  5. What do you like/ dislike about each painting?

Task 2: Drawing and Painting

Create your own abstract painting or paintings in the style of Uzo Egona. Choose a place in London that you know well to depict in the painting. For example you could depict Whitechapel with its market stalls, busy roads, shops and East London mosque. There are photos you can use from last year’s photo project that you can use for inspiration here:

CHALLENGE: Create two paintings – one that depicts London and one that depicts another city or town that you have visited. It could be somewhere you have been on holiday with family far away – abroad, or somewhere else in the UK. Will the colour palette be different? Will the patterns and objects be different?