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Bishop Ellis Catholic

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I have come that you may have life - life in all its fullness (John 10:10)

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w/c 4th January


For the next few weeks, we are studying The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame, to link to our Rivers topic. Here are the lessons for this week, along with a pdf copy of the book. The children may also enjoy watching the 1.5 hour animated version of the story at keeps very close to the original story.  


This week is a recap of the column method for short multiplication and also an introduction to the bus stop method for short division. 

Each maths sheet has either 1 star, 2 stars or 3 stars at the bottom. 

Children in the Blue maths group should do the 1 star sheet; children in the Gold group should do the 2 star sheet; children in the Purple group should do the 3 star sheet.


Our RE topic to begin with is Community. What does community mean to you?


Task 1: Write a list of the different communities that you belong to. What makes these communities function? What are the ways in which individuals can help make the community a happy one?


Task 2: Read through the story about the Castleford Community and then think about the following questions. What do you think happened next in the story? What are the advantages of being part of a community? What are the demands of being part of a community? What helps to build up community?


Task 3: Complete one of the following tasks on the sheet thinking about what it means to belong to a community.


Use books or the internet to label the features of a river on the worksheet. These two video clips will help you with some of the features.


This week we are starting our unit on aiming high. Look through the powerpoint and have a go at the activities.

Reading Challenge

In addition to reading a little every day we would like you to continue to practice the reading skills we have been discussing in school. Therefore each week we will be setting you a reading challenge. This involves reading a short text and answering the questions. The questions will focus on a particular reading skill each week. 

NB: The answers are also part of the document this is so you can check to see if you were right after you have had a go by yourself.



We will be teaching spelling on the zoom calls every morning. Please find below a copy of the slides that we will be using if you want to go over the content again.