Learning Activities for Wednesday 3rd March 2021.

Good morning, the middle of the week again, how times flies. Hope you are looking forward to being able to join us in class soon. Learning activities for today follow:


Learning Objective/Focus: Reading a comic explanation and writing a similar piece.     

Main input:

Read Toaster Explanation.

Cut out and put the sections in order so that the explanation makes sense. Watching this video might help you:


Read Imaginative Toaster Explanation. This is from a book that gives comic explanations for everyday items. Make a diagram that could go with this imaginative explanation. Label your diagram to show the different stages and what each part is doing.

Choose one of the Explanation Ideas. Think about how you could explain this thing in an imaginative (and silly!) way. Try your ideas out loud, ideally telling them to somebody else. Now try writing them. Read the Writing Frame and use the same pattern to explain your idea.

Make diagrams to go with your writing.

Choose other things to make up imaginative explanations about.


Learning Objective/Focus: Area of a triangle part 1.

Main input: See PowerPoint.


Fluency activity.

Reasoning activity.

Problem Solving activity.


Learning Objective/Focus: To develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history.

Main input: Japan is an island nation that has well over 6000 islands. The four largest islands make up by far the majority of the country’s land. In the 8th century, Japan became unified into a strong state ruled by an emperor. In 794, Emperor Kammu moved the capital to what is today Kyoto. This started Japan’s Heian period where much of today’s distinct Japanese culture emerged including art, literature, poetry, and music. In the 10th and 11th centuries Japan entered into a feudal era. During this time the samurai, a ruling class of warriors, came into power. The leader of the most powerful clan of samurais was called the shogun. In 1467 a civil war broke out call the Onin War. It was between the shogun and the feudal warlords, called daimyo. Japan was once again unified in 1590 under Toyotomi Hideyoshi. During the 1500s the Portuguese arrived in Japan. They began to trade and learn about European society and the west. However, in the 1630s the shogun closed the country to outside contact and trade. This policy was called sakoku. Japan would remain closed to foreigners for over 200 years. In 1854, Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States forced Japan to reopen relations with the rest of the world. Japan became an empire ruled by an emperor. In World War II Japan allied with the Axis Powers of Germany and Italy. On December 7, 1941 Japan attacked the United States bombing Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This caused the United States to enter the war on the side of the Allies. Japan surrendered in 1945 when the US dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 1947 Japan adopted a constitution with a democratic government. Since then Japan has grown into a powerful nation with one of the world’s largest economies.


Name the 2 cities hit by the atomic bomb. Explain when and why this happened.

Find out about the history of Japanese lanterns. Create your own lantern and write facts on it.

Write a report on the history of religion in Japan (Shinto / Buddhism).

Conduct a mock interview with the Emperor of Japan.

Hope you had a good day and enjoyed the learning today. Remember to send in examples of your work so we can celebrate in your success.