WB 04/05/20

Friday 8th May



To celebrate 75 years since VE Day, you could organise your own event. 

Here are some ideas:

  • Make some red, white and blue bunting.
  • Plan a dish to take to a street party.  Remember, if you want to plan authentic food from 1945, many foods were rationed at the time (see English Heritage link above for ideas)  -  I like the sound of the Cheese and Marmite swirls myself but can’t get any yeast at the moment!
  • Make a dish to take to a party.
  • Eat your food outside. (maybe in a back garden or safely in front of your house to join your neighbours – from a safe distance!)
  • You could dress like a 1940s child, or draw an outfit that a child might wear.
  • Have a go at a 1940s hairstyle.
  • Learn to dance the Lindy-Hop. (see English Heritage Link above)



Thursday 7th May

Start of the day

It is VE day on Friday, so here’s another little warm up to get you thinking about the celebration.

The phonetic alphabet was used by the RAF during the war. Can you learn how to spell your full name using this?




































X ray





















Watch the video on line graphs then practise and check your answers.




Plot points on a line graph using the data in the table below.

Can you create your own data and populate both a table and line graph with it?



Reading: Extract 9



How can I begin to describe Nero's baths? They are more like a palace. The huge building towers above the neighbourhood; a gurgling "aqueduct" ( a river on legs) brings water from the distant hills, and steam pours from the windows. The baths are so cheap they are almost free. Anyone who has a quadrans-Rome's smallest coin- can soak all afternoon.

It seemed that a visit to the baths was a chance for mistress to show off how many slaves she can afford, for she insisted that everyone of us came with her. We set off in the afternoon: two carried her in a litter, one walked ahead and the rest of us followed. Once we were inside and changed into our subligari and mamillares, my mistress set one of us off to guard our clothes, and two more to wash, oil and massage her. The rest of us could do as we pleased for the afternoon.


Cytheris took me from room to room, until we came to the hot bath, the steamy caladarium. Here we lounged pampering each other until we mat some friends of Cytheris'. When she introduced me as newly enslaved, they were all very sorry for me. As we talked each revealed how they had become slaves. Most had been born of slave parents, but one blonds girl, from Germany, had been taken by Roman soldiers when they crushed a revolt there.


Answer the following questions:

1. Remains of Roman baths can be found today in England. What were Roman baths? Who do you think used the baths? Why?

2. This is a picture of Iliona in the Roman baths. Do you think she likes the baths? Explain your answer.



The story of Romulus and Remus hasn’t quite finished yet! Next week you will be asked to complete their adventure story.

Here is my summary of the Romulus and Remus story so far.


King Amulius killed his own brother and his nephews. He sent away his niece Rhea-Silva. He forbid her from marrying and having children. Rhea-Silva fell in love with Mars, The God of War. They had twin boys called Romulus and Remus. King Amulius’s servant was ordered to throw the boys in the River Tiber. The twins were found by a she-wolf. The she-wolf kept them safe. A shepherd took them into his house. Romulus and Remus grew up. King Amuluis’s shepherds found the twins and captured Remus. Romulus rescued Remus. The twins decided to establish their own city.


It includes the main points but as I was writing each idea in a clear and simple sentence I have created a piece of writing that doesn’t flow very well. This piece of writing needs conjunctions! These are joining words that would help the writing flow. You could experiment by putting them at the beginning of a sentence, or in the middle to join ideas into longer sentences. Rewrite my summary (it doesn’t need to be any longer) using conjunctions to make sure the ideas are more connected and it flows, making it easier to read.



What happened when the Romans conquered Britain? 

Click on the link below to find out, read the information and look at the videos.




This is yesterday’s link, if you’d like another look. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqtf34j/articles/ztqg4wx


Do you remember the Bronze Age houses that you made earlier this year?  Here are some pictures to remind you.

When the Romans invaded Britain, the Celts (the people who were living in Britain at the time) were still living in houses similar to this. 

You are going to compare this house to the Roman Villa that you drew yesterday.  Draw a table like the one below and see how much you can fill in.  Think about building materials, number of rooms, furniture, size, water, heating and anything else you can think of.

Here’s a reminder of a Roman Villa from yesterday.


Celtic House

Roman Villa








…and here’s that game again!  Also, if you’re feeling inspired, there are lots of interesting clips on the CBBC Website/Horrible Histories about the Romans. The recently released film Rotten Romans is great too, if you get the chance to see it. I found it on Amazon Prime.




Wednesday 6th May

Start of the day

It is VE day on Friday, so here’s a little warm up to get you thinking about the celebration.


VE stands for Victory in Europe. Europe is a continent. Using capital letters for the place names, can you name 10 countries that are part of this continent?



Watch the video on creating a bar chart then practise and check your answers.




Draw a bar chart representing the data in the table below.

Can you create your own data and populate both a table and bar chart with it?



Reading: Extract 8



Tomorrow we shall visit the baths. Though we have a bathroom here, with a small tub, Cytheris tells me we are going somewhere altogether more grand- the baths of Nero, who ruled Rome 50 years ago. A cruel man hated by all Romans., Cytheris says, his reputation earned him a saying, "What could be worse than Nero, or better than his baths?"


Answer the following:

So far in Lliona's diary she has written on Day III, Day IV and Day XVI.

1. What numbers do you think are represented by these letters?

2. What numbers are missing? How would you represent the numbers between IV and XVI in Roman numerals?



I tried writing the next part of the story. I have had to use Romulus and Remus over and over again because I am clearly hopeless at using pronouns. Please sort my writing out! If you can print the passage you could edit the writing. If not please write it out using the pronouns so the reader knows who you are talking about but does not have to repeat Romulus and Remus.



Art /History

Click on the link. Read the information and watch the videos. 



Today you are going to draw a picture of a Roman villa, the kind that a rich person might live in.  Label the different rooms, giving some detail if possible.  You can colour it if you like.  You can use pictures from BBC Bitesize to help you, or use the information below.


This is an example of a Roman villa. It was rebuilt about 10 years in Wroxeter, Shropshire, just 1 hour from Halesowen. It was built using only tools and techniques that Romans used for a T.V. programme, “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day”. Wroxeter was the fourth biggest city in Britain during the time that the Romans were in Britain.


Here is an example of a Roman villa in Rome. Notice that there is a lot more outside space. It is a lot warmer in Italy, where Rome is, than in Britain!

…and here’s a good game if you fancy it!




Tuesday 5th May

Start of the day

Complete three games on TT rockstars or practise your 3, 4 AND 8 times table.



Watch the video on using two way tables then practise and check your answers.




Answer the following questions about the table below:

1. How many people chose chocolate as their favourite flavour?

2. How many children are there altogether?

3. What is the total amount of people in the table?

4. What is the difference between the number of adult to teen that chose vanilla?


Can you create a table of your own?



Reading: Extract 7


Day IV

This day I began my studies. It was also the first time I had set foot outside since the auction. I had expected to study at home, as girls always do in Greece. But instead I went to school with Marcus and Lucullus. The three of us walked there, through the streets, with Cestius, the boys' pedagogus. I was surprised at how humble the school is. On Mytilini, Apollo studied in a grand building with a hundred other boys. This was just a tiny room with a hundred other boys. This was just a tiny room with a few stools and an armchair for the teacher.  Castius made fun of my surprise: "This is one of better ones! he told me. "Most of the boys sit in the street to study."


Our class was not so different to my brother's school in Mytilini. Mostly we write on the same wax coated tablets, though my stylus is shaped like letter "T". With its flat end I can flatten the wax when I make mistakes, which I think is a fine idea for I make many.


We studied reading and writing from early morning until noon, when Cestius came back. We walked home along Etruscan Street, which is lined with the most exotic kinds of shops. In fact my nose found the street before my eyes, because all the incense and perfume sellers have their stalls here.


The street is very busy and Cestius took my hand. "Keep your eyes peeled," he told us, "for there are thieves around every corner here. They will skin you alive and sell you back your own hide before you even realise you've been robbed." We saw no thieves, but we did have to flatten ourselves against the wall as a huge cart rumbled past, carrying building stone and timber. Our limbs seemed to be more at risk than our purses!



Answer the following questions:

1. Did girls usually go to school? What gives you that impression?

2. Look at this phrase, "....my brother's school..". Why is the apostrophe used?

3. Why do you think Cestius took hold of Iliona's hand?

3. Why did Iliona's nose find the street before her eyes?



Here is the next part of the story of Romulus and Remus:


Try to rewrite this part of the story from Romulus or Remus’s point of view. Try to make this part of the story sound exciting!

* You should use capital letters and full stops.

* You should also try and join your handwriting.

* You could try and include adjectives, powerful verbs and adverbs for description.

* You could add direct speech using “…..,”

* Why not experiment with interesting ways to begin your sentences, try using fronted adverbials!

* Finally reread your work, edit and improve it if you can.



How a plant grows over time from a seed


Watch the time lapse videos below of plants growing from seeds. 


A bean plant - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w77zPAtVTuI



A tomato plant - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31us20fy6sw

(Just note that after 3:27 - it rewinds to remind you of the process)


A pea shoot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDA8rmUP5ZM



Using these videos, create a poster or a diary showing how plants grow from a seed into a plant.

Here’s some ideas of how you might want to present your work.


If you can, could you watch your own seed growing?



Monday 4th May

Start of the day

Here are some more riddles. Your answers are at the end of your home learning for the day.


1. They have not flesh, nor feathers, nor scales, nor bone. Yet they have fingers and thumbs of their own. What are they?

2. The more you take away, the more I become. What am I?

3. What goes up when the rain comes down?



Watch the video on pictograms then practise and check your answers.




Answer the following questions about the pictograms below:

1. How many cupcakes were made on each day?

2. What is the total frequency?

3. What is the difference between Thursday and Sunday?


Can you draw a pictogram of your own?



Reading: Extract 6



I had imagined that a slaves life here in Rome would be one of locks and chains. But there is nothing to keep me from running away. Yet to where would I run, and why would I try? I am beginning to see that in Rome, slavery and freedom are not opposites like night and day, or winter and summer. The poorest Roman citizens are worse off than many slaves. Here I have clothes (though it's true they are simple linen); my stomach never aches with hunger (though the food is plain) and I can rest when I am tired.


I sleep in a room with Cytheris, and in this I feel I am lucky. Cytheris keeps me company, and is teaching me much about Rome. Last night I learned about the calendar. Romans count the years from the date Rome was founded. The months are about 30 days long, and each are differently named. The days are more difficult, and for now I will just make my diary by counting up from the first day of each month.


Answer the following questions:

1. Give two ways life as a slave is better than life as a poor Roman.

2. Lliona is finding out about the Roman calendar. The concept of dividing time into months and days still has some similarities with our calendar used today. What is similar about the Roman calendar and our calendar?

3. What month do you think Maius is?



Use your story map to retell the story of Romulus and Remus.

Have a look at these words. They sound the same when we say them but they are spelt differently. Can you remember what we call these words?


If you need a little reminder watch this link:




Draw pictures to represent each of the words. The words could be part of the image but try and create something that is going to help you remember what the words mean and how to spell them.





Watch the BBC clip about pulse and rhythm:



On Friday, it is VE Day. A national holiday was declared in Britain on May 8th 1945, following Germany surrendering at the end of World War II. Sadly millions had died, but the millions who had been saved were able to celebrate the end of a six year world war and the VE Day parties went on for quite some time!


One of the ways that, people communicated during the war was to use Morse code, named after Samuel Morse- the inventor of the telegraph.


Watch the clip about Morse Code:



Morse code is a little bit like the rhythms and beats that we use in music today. It needs counting and knowledge of rhythm.


Can you the write down the Morse code for the rhythm of SOS.

Can you then write down the word help and clap the rhythm for the Morse code?

Finally, enjoy listening to the VE day song on Horrible Histories.



Riddle Answers

1. Gloves

2. A hole

3. An umbrella