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As you listen to our music today, I want you to firstly think about all the wonderful cultures that are represented in our Griffins class. I remember one day we worked out how many countries that our families came from and it was from all over the world. We are from England, Canada, Wales, The Philippines, Africa, Jamaica, India, Poland and many more. We have had fun exploring other cultures and tasting food from other countries this year. Keep being willing to embrace and explore other cultures!



  • Reread the opening sentence along with the next line.


THROUGH THE CHARRED FOREST, OVER HOT ASH, RUNS DOG, with a bird clamped in his big, gentle mouth.

He takes her to his cave above the river, and there he tries to tend to her burnt wing: but magpie does not want his help.


Discuss Magpie’s response to Dog’s efforts to help her. Answer these questions:

  • Why might she want to reject his assistance?
  • What does this suggest about how she is feeling in this moment?
  • How might dog feel about such rejection?
  • Revisit the outlines of the animals from the ‘role on the wall’ activity, what words/ phrases would you add based on the additional insights that this line provides?
  • Read on until, ‘…melting into the blackness' below:


  • On a dark grey piece of sugar paper or coloured in piece of paper, use a black pastel/pen to note any words or phrases that describe the colour, textures and shapes that come to mind when picturing Magpie ‘melting into the darkness.’



I have put Science up here today as there are some online events taking place today and tomorrow. You can dip in and out of them if you like.

Here are the details:


Now the opportunities are open to visit all the workshops and both shows

You can plan to visit a workshop a day, or indulge in STEM for two full days.

The choice is now down to you!

Day 1

  • The Air Show
  • The Chemical Challenge 
  • Racing Stripes 
  • Fizzability
  • Magic Magnetic
  • Robotic Hand
  • The Kite challenge (CREST)
  • Survival Game
  • The Can challenge part 1

Day 2

  • Water World
  • The can challenge part 2
  • The Rocket Challenge
  • All at Sea
  • Bright Sparks
  • Dancing Ooze
  • Eyestonishing
  • Dover Diver
  • Plants and water
  • Go Viral
  • Make it snow


Visit the The STEM Hub website at 10am on Thursday 11 June and enjoy the opportunities that STEM can provide. Then join us again on Friday 12 June. 

We look forward to bringing the jamboree to you in your homes or schools.

Watch our launch video on YouTube available at: 




Remember you do not have to copy out all of the questions, especially if they use complicated diagrams.

Your answers and any workings out are enough.


Lessons this week from: Summer Term - Week 7 (w/c 8th June)

The question and answer sheets are now only found at the bottom of this page as you need a subscription to see them.

Watch the lesson and complete the sheet too: Lesson 4 - Order and compare decimals

The sheets for lesson 4 are found in the resources at the bottom of this page.