Homework 4.7.19

Posted On 04 Jul 2019
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Due in on Tuesday 9th July


Year 3

Recently, we worked hard on creating informal and formal letters. 


For your homework, we would like you (as a Year 3 pupil at Manor Farm Junior School) to write a letter to the Year 2 children that will be coming up to our school in September. It would be a letter to tell them about our school and to help calm any worries or nerves that they may have. 


In the letter you could include information about yourself, the school and anything that you feel may help the Year 2s feel less nervous about changing schools. You were in the same position last year, so you know how they are feeling!


To make it more personalised for the Year 2s, just write ‘Dear_____________’ and we can add the name of the Year 2 child when we are at school together next week.  


You have been provided with a letter template, so write straight onto it in your neatest handwriting.


Times Tables and Reading

Make sure you are also learning your times tables every day. We do Cracking Times Tables every Monday. 


Remember we expect you to record at least 4 pieces of reading in your Home School Book. We will collect home school books in every Monday. Please make sure you get an adult to sign your book. 


Mrs Jones and Ms Roome


Year 4

Year 4 Homework Slip


Year 5

Viking boats 

We have spent a long time in the last week looking at Viking Boats and their design and why the Vikings skills as ship makers made them known as Viking Raiders.  Over the next few weeks we would like you to create a design for a Viking boat and the boat itself. There will be a competition with a prize for the best boat. For the first prize we will consider the quality of the build of your boat, the clever use of materials, the detail of your design and whether it floats.  The boat need to be ready for testing on Thursday 18th July. 

The Viking ships were long and narrow, this meant they could travel quickly which was important in surprise attacks and get-aways.  A Viking ship had one big square sail made of woven wool. In some ships, the mast for the sail could be folded down. When there was not enough wind for the sail, the men rowed with long wooden oars.  This meant they weren’t dependent on the wind, therefore the oars were the main source of power. To steer the ship, one man worked a big steering oar at the back end, or stern. Shields were tied over the oar holes when the ships were in port. The shields were very important for protection in 

At the curved front end of the ship was a carved wooden figure-head.  Figureheads on ships were meant to scare enemies.

You need to create an annotated diagram of what you hope your vessel will look like, which should tell us how you are ensuring you are including the key features of a Viking boat.

Your design should contain:

  • Detailed annotations of what your vessel will be made from, why you have chosen those materials, how you have chosen to ensure that it will float.  
  • The name of your vessel should be on your design
  • The name of your boat – you could be inspired by a Viking lord or God or mythological creature
  • An interesting figurehead and the reason for its choice
  • It should be coloured and well presented

Your boats need to be

  • It needs to be no longer than around 30cm long
  • The bow of your boat should be like a Viking boat high at the prow too
  • It should be able to float by itself without anyone holding it.
  • It should have some obvious form of power, a sail or oars
  • Recycled materials for the building of your boat will be perfect – you don’t need to go and buy anything special.  Hint hint – half a water bottle will be great for a base of a boat.
  • Please don’t use a kit – we want to see what you can produce yourself

We will test your vessels and look at your designs to decide a winner.  If there is a tie at this point there maybe a race to determine who will win.  




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