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Here are some good websites for you to find some audio/e-books!


The first one (Audible) has a good variety and all for free:



The second one (Epic!) also has a lot but your grown ups might need to use a free trial or investigate further:



This week, Oak Academy's author of the week is Nizrana Farook. Find out more about her book, The Girl who stole an Elephant. You can meet the author, read a Q and A with her and read/listen to the book! It looks like a good one!! 



During the afternoons, perhaps after lunch or at the end of the day, spend some time reading or listening to a book. It is really important during these times that we keep reading and learning! This will be the same every week and I will repost the links to remind you. Keep a record in your diary like you would normally for Fab4 or on a piece of paper if you don't have your diary! 


Monday 25th January



For your vocabulary and grammar activity this afternoon, complete the prefix activity attached. Remember, a prefix is a group of letters that we add to the start of a word to make a new word. Prefixes change the meaning of the word. Have a quick look at the examples below: 



I have attached bronze, silver and gold for you to choose your own challenge! Don't just go for the easy option!! 

You need to draw lines to match the prefix to the correct word. The answers are attached so no peeking before you have finished!


Classifying minibeasts


1. Start by reading all of the information about minibeasts from the ypte (Young People's Trust for the Environment) by clicking on the links to the different sections below. There are different sections down the left hand side of the page so please look through them all or click on each subheading below individually: 


What is a Minibeast?

Grouping Invertebrates

Where do Minibeasts Live?

What do Minibeasts Eat?

Why are Minibeasts Important?

Minibeasts in Food Chains

Collecting Minibeasts

Looking Closely at Minibeasts in Leaf Litter

Identifying Minibeasts


2. Have a look at the minibeast poster attached below and group the animals into different groups. Think about the scientific categories for minibeasts: arachnids (spiders), crustaceans (woodlice), myriapods (centipedes and millipedes), gastropods (slugs and snails), annelids (worms) and insects (beetles).

Why do you think the creatures are grouped in this way? 


3. Have a look at the examples of identification keys (they should enlarge when you click on them) and then complete the classification sheet below to check your understanding of a classification key. 


4. Once you have finished, use the information on the mini beast poster to create your own identification key. Your groups from activity 2 will come in handy here! 


Extension: Research whether the same categories are also found in aquatic habitats.

Classification keys

Tuesday 26th January



As you know, Mini Kixx are providing weekly online PE lessons for you to complete. This week, complete lesson 2!





...and here is your weekly music lesson from Mrs Thacker!




Finally, this afternoon, we would like you to create a piece of work for St. Giles Church again- just like we did before Christmas! They would like you to create a piece of art work- however you wish- that represents or shows "hope." They want to spread a message of hope and positivity around Balderton by displaying the art work around the village. I have attached a few examples to have a look at for inspiration but you might be able to think of something even better! Once you have completed your art work, please email a photo of it to the year 5 email address. If you then want your work to be displayed, Rev. Louise is collecting them at the vicarage on Main Street so please drop it off there (but let us know!).

Wednesday 27th January



This afternoon, we're going to do something a little bit different! We are going to go outside and do some worm charming! Don't worry if you don't know what this is- I had never heard of it before now either! Watch this video to find out a little bit more and see some different methods of worm charming. 



Perform your own worm charming! Go into your garden or nearby grassy area and measure out a square- perhaps 500cm by 500cm- you could use some string to mark it out. This is the area you will perform your worm charming! Collect and count each worm that comes to the surface.

For your worm charming, you will need to pour some warm soapy water onto the surface of the grass and tap the grass wuth your fingers to make the worms think it is raining. Worms come to the surface when it rains so they don't drown if their tunnel becomes filled with water!


Once you have performed your worm charming, have a go at predicting the number of worms there might be in your garden, using the findings from your worm charming to help.


Extension: take part in a minibeast hunt in your garden! Collect specimens by tree beating and log turning. You should make a map to show the route you have taken around your garden and a key to show where the different minibeasts were found!



Thursday 28th January 


Mapping minibeasts 


This afternoon, conduct your own research into minibeasts around the world. Below, I have attached some images of different minibeasts from around the world. You may choose to research these, or you may choose to find your own! It is completely up to you. 


Your job is to annotate a blank map to show the location of where the different minibeasts are from. You will need an atlas or online maps (e.g. Google maps) to help you plot the minibeasts.


Once you have plotted them on your map, record facts about your minibeasts.

Friday 29th January


Can it be true?


Starter: create a mind map with everything you know or think about insects!


1. Read through the statements on the fact cards below. Put the facts in order from smallest to largest based on what you think the answers might be! Once you have done this, go through the answers to these facts- you might need to rearrange your facts! 

Do any of these answers surprise you? Did you already know any of these facts?


2. Look at the Olympic insect facts. Can you work out what the results would be for those insects and if it was you competing? You should be able to work these out for running, long jump, weight lifting and high jump! Get your tape measure ready!! 

Which insect do you think is the most incredible and why?


3. We are often led to believe that all of the beautiful and amazing insects live elsewhere in the world. Read the information attached (insects in the UK). Which one do you think is the most interesting? Which ones have you seen before? Choose one to find out more about!