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Wednesday 24th Nov


Are you ready to learn?

Have you had your breakfast, washed your hands and brushed your teeth?

Go to the bathroom and after that get yourself a drink.

Make sure you have pen and paper, possibly a dictionary to hand if you have one at home, and now do your home register!   Is everybody there? 

Are you ready to learn? 

Let's begin!



ALL: read your current school reading book for 20 minutes or read the next chapter of Goodnight Mister Tom


ALL: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling:

Brush up on the basics.

Copy the sentences into your books and complete the task.

Print off if needed:


Reading Comprehension:

Let's interrogate the text and see how much you have remembered!

Next learning:

IWB version of the text:


It's break time!

Have 20 minutes of exercise, fresh air, relaxation and a snack if you have one.

Go to the toilet, wash your hands and then return ready to learn.



Reason from known facts



Apply that prior knowledge - I know ..... so...... therefore

It's lunchtime already!

I hope you are having something healthy, nutritious and tasty!


Stop, Drop and Read for 30 minutes.

30 minutes of reading by an adult: demonstrating good practice and modelling fluency, pace and expression.  Read the next chapters of our class novel: Goodnight Mister Tom.

Click on the link for an online e-version of the book, if required.



Learning question to discuss and debate:

Why do some people believe in God and others do not?


We are all entitled to our own ideas and thinking.

Many people have differing beliefs which we must, and should, respect.

Different faiths hold different beliefs about many fundamental things; how did the world begin?

Click to find out a little more about the various thoughts:


What do you think/believe? Why?

Paired work:

In your book list all the various religions, faiths and beliefs that you can remember.

Over the next few weeks, we are also going to consider the terminology and differing views of: 


a) atheists


b) theists


c) agnostics


Practise your dictionary skills and see if you can clarify the definitions of these terms.

Write the definitions in your book in your own words and understanding.


Whole class game:

Stick one word: Theist, Atheist and Agnostic, in three different locations in the room.

Share a series of descriptions of people’s beliefs like the examples below.

After reading out each example ask the pupils to move to the word that most accurately describes the belief.


Ask pupils why they have made their decision?


Personal opinion: do they agree or disagree with the opinion offered. Why?


  • I believe in following reason and science.
  • These guide me in my life decisions.
  • I think there is more to life than what is here on earth but I can’t quite decide what it is.
  • I know that there is more than just us and my faith guides me
  • I need more evidence to make any decisions about God
  • I have thought a bit about God and haven’t made my mind up but to be honest I’m not all that bothered about it
  • God is hard to define and unknowable
  • I need evidence and no-one has shown me evidence of God yet


Game: group work: let's begin with a guessing game in 4s.

Pool all of your ideas together; the titles of the various religious groups. Have these written on PostIt notes or squares of paper.


If the world was a village of 100 people how many would belong to each religion or non- religious group?

Remember your total must be 100. As a group of 4, decide on the number of people you think represent this religion, faith or belief. Once agreed, write it on the PostIt note. Compare your numbers to other groups. Discuss why you chose this number, not a higher or lower amount.



Now look at the answers in link below, and consider:


How many religions, faiths, beliefs, did you get?

What surprises you about the real figures revealed?

How do they compare to your groups estimates?


Write your thoughts, observations and reflections down in your book.

Are you surprised by any of the amounts?

Which religion did you think would be the least/most popular? Why?

Are there any new religions or terminology that you have not heard before?

Which of these groups believe in God, which don’t believe in God?


Work in your pair to sort the groups into theist’ (believes in God), agnostic (cannot say if God exists or not) and atheist (believes there is no god). Draw a grid in your book with the three headings: theist, atheist and agnostic and indicate which group you think each of the religions and non-religion groups belong to.


Let's begin our learning journey with the thoughts and beliefs of atheists.

So, what is an atheist?

Click below to learn more:

If there is any time remaining (I'm not expecting this):

PLAN AND PREPARE your ideas for a group project.

You are going to work in groups of 5 people.

I will decide the groups on my return to school.


In the group you will need:

1) a project manager

2) a resource manager

3) a designer/architect

4) a builder

5) an artist


In design and technology next week, we are going to link English and Science.

You are going to build an island with 3 lighthouses (get eating those Pringles heart - other delicious, scrummy crisps are available cheeky) to match the details in the story: The Lighthouse Keeper's Son.

A brief synopsis:

It is about a family living in a modest hut on an island. There is a dad and his three sons.

The two eldest boys go off to fight in the war, but the youngest is not old enough. He loves to read and does not want to follow in his dad's footsteps and become a lighthouse keeper. This causes arguments between dad and son - however, something saves not only the day, but also their relationship! blush


You are going to need to build a matching circuit for three lighthouse and switches.

You are going to need to build a matching island.


I would like you to compile a list of resources your group may need.

E.g. how many bulbs and other circuit equipment,  how many tubes (lighthouses), sand (for the island), some tiny pebbles or scrunched up tissue paper for the rocks on the edge of an island. What might you need for a hut. 


Next week:

  • you are going to share your ideas with your newly formed group
  • you are going to be assigned a role/job
  • you are going to decide as a group which ideas to keep from each person
  • you are going to collect resources
  • and sketch and plan your island, label the resources needed
  • then, let the collaborative build begin!


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