Dr Walker's Church of England Primary School

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Learning Activities Set Monday 30th March 2020

Mr Evans and I have decided to introduce you to the new topic, which is:


Was the first cat Egyptian?


You will have lot of different activities over the next few weeks all about Egyptians and we're sure you will learn lots!


Our new book is called Varjak Paw by S F Said. I (Mrs Walker) am super excited by this book as it is one of my favourites! Here's a quick video to begin with:

Introducing Varjak Paw

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Varjak Paw Chapter 1

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English Task 1

Your first English task is to write a prediction of what you think the book will be about. Then, on a page in your book, write down all of the characters we have heard so far and come up with 2 or 3 adjectives (describing words) to describe them. You can listen again to the chapter to help you!


Characters: Varjak, Elder Paw, Contessa, Jalal, Father, Mother, Aunt Juni, Julius, Jasmine, Jay, Jethro, Jerome, the man and his two black cats.


As an extension: Can you create a family tree for the cats?

  • English Task 2

    Below you will find a SPaG mat. Open up the one for your year group and have a go at the different activities.

  • Maths

    There are two tasks for Maths this week.
    The first task is a Maths of the Day activity you can do at home. Make sure you open up the one for your year group. I've chosen activities that link to what you have already been learning in Maths for extra practice.

    Year 3 - Yours is Catch and Calculate
    Year 4 - Yours is Fractions Ping Pong

    The second task is to use the video on the White Rose Maths Website and complete lesson 1. You can complete more of the lessons on Week 1 if you wish. The choice is yours.
    The links are below! 

  • Maths of the Day


Year 4 Maths Home Learning Site

    • Complete Week 1, Lesson 1



I would like you to have a go at making an Egyptian mosaic using recycled magazines/newspapers/leaflets! Make it trickier by making the pieces smaller! I've put a mosaic example below and some Egypt images you might like to use for inspiration.

Design and Technology

Think of a problem that you have at the moment in your house, or, think of a problem the Egyptians might have had at the time. Can you design an object to solve it? Use the steps in the diagram below. When drawing the diagram, think of the materials you would need. Why did you pick those materials? Try to use an exploded diagram for your design, a bit like the example below:
  • Science
    There are two science activities for you this week. One is exploring DNA which follows on from what you have been doing in class and the second is an experiment to try at home. If you don't have all of the equipment, don't panic! Just save the experiment and do it another time! You can use the investigation template to help you record your findings.

    DNA Task
    Within each string of DNA are sets of instructions called genes. A gene tells a cell how to make a specific protein. Proteins are used by the cell to perform certain functions, to grow, and to survive. Although DNA looks like very thin long strings under a microscope, it turns out that DNA has a specific shape.

    An inherited trait is a feature or characteristic of an organism that has been passed on to it in its genes.
    Can you find out what inherited traits run through your family?
    Think about:
    Eye colour
    Hair colour

    Try to record your family's eye and hair colour. Ask those you live with, try and contact those you don’t live with.
    Think about the different ways you could record this - be inventive.

    Which of these are not inherited traits?
    Liking the colour red
    Having long fingers
    Wearing your hair in a ponytail
    Liking chocolate ice cream

I'm sure you could have guessed this...let's found out about Modern Egypt! Use the Report structure below to find out all you can about Egypt. Then write three multiple choice questions for someone to answer using your report.


List all of the items in your home that are connected to the internet or can be connected to the internet.
Draw a map of your home (make sure to use a ruler). Put on the map where all of the items that use the internet are and include your router (what you have on for your internet to work).
How far are the different items from your router? Do you think this changes how well they connect to the internet? Why do you think this?


Use the video below to listen to some Egyptian music. (It's a long piece so just listen to a few minutes at least!) Can you have a go at following the beat? When do you think this sort of music might have been played? Close your eyes and listen carefully. What instruments can you hear? Pretend you are living in Ancient Egypt and you are the first person to hear this music. Can you write a review of it for your friend? Use between 30 and 50 words only!


Ancient Egyptian Music - Tomb of the Ancients


I'm sure you are all getting a good chance to run around in the garden or a nearby outdoor space with your adults. Try and have a go at joining in with Joe Wicks every 9am for a good workout! It'll get your brain ready for the day!


P.E with Joe | Monday 30th March 2020
Day 6 of my 9am daily workouts


You don't need to write anything for this, I would just like you to have a chat with someone in your house or someone that you can get in touch with about you have learned and understood from this Powerpoint about Christianity.


Some Mindfulness Activities

1. Spend 10-15 minutes journaling using the question 'What does kindness look like?' as your prompt.
2. Have a go at the two Egyptian wordsearches below. Maybe listen to the Egyptian music whilst you do them! 


Mindfulness Wordsearches.pdf

Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
To whom God's love commits me here;
Ever this day, be at my side
To light and guard
To rule and guide.