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Week 5

Over the last couple of weeks you have experimented with the Switch Zoo website/app to create your own animal and think about its features.


This week we are going to write about your animal. Have a look at the writing challenges below and choose which one you want to do.


1) Write a letter to the Natural History Museum.  You have found an incredible creature on your travels and would like it to be registered for everyone to know about.  You will need to explain everything you know about the animal.

2) Create an information leaflet about the animal, including how it moves, what it eats, where it lives etc.  You can make it funny if you want to!

3) You are a zookeeper and have a new animal to look after.  Write instructions on how to look after the animal so other zookeepers can help you.

Think about quality not quantity – how will you engage your reader?


Here are a couple of examples to help you think about your writing.



We all know that fractions can be a tricky part of maths, but this practical activity will help you understand fractions and fractions of amounts.


You will need:

  • At least 3 pieces of A4 paper. These will be to fold into ½, ¼ and 1/8 so get more pieces of paper if you want to do trickier fractions and challenge yourself.
  • Sweets or items that you can share out. For example, skittles, pasta shells, smarties, blueberries, etc.


Step 1: Get your first piece of paper and fold it into halves. How many times will you fold it to make a half?


Step 2: Get your other pieces of paper and fold them into 1/4s and 1/8s. If you are feeling ready for a challenge then can you fold a piece of paper into 1/3s? How about 1/6s?

What do you notice about the denominator (bottom number) and the amount of times you are folding the paper?


Step 3: This part will help you understand fractions of amounts. Get you piece of paper that is folded into half and 10 of your items. Place one on one side of the paper, then one on another, keep repeating until you have no more items left.

How many items are on each side? You should have 5! However many items you have on each side is your answer. So, ½ of 10 is 5


Step 4: Get your piece of paper that is folded into quarters and 16 items. Repeat the steps you did previously. So, 1 item in 1 quarter, another item in another quarter, etc until you have no more items left.

How many items are in each quarter? You should have 4. However many items you have in each quarter is your answer. ¼ of 16 is 4.


Now try different amounts and on different fraction paper. Ask your adults at home a fraction of amount question and see if they can work out it using the paper and items you have just used.




We all know how important it is to look after our teeth! To do this we need to brush at least twice a day to help fight decay. Something else we can do to look after our teeth is to be mindful of the things we drink. For example, sugary drinks like Coca – Cola, Fanta, etc can cause tooth decay. This is because the acid in such drinks dissolve and damage our teeth.

In an ideal world, and for the sake of our teeth, we would all cut down or stop drinking sugary, fizzy drinks but we know this is sometimes tricky. Everyone at Mill Hill knows how much Miss Todd enjoys a bottle of Coke and how Lucozade is Mrs Green’s favourite drink. Maybe this will change after they have completed the experiment to test the effects of different drinks on teeth.


You will need:

  • Eggs (these can be boiled or raw as it is the shell you will be testing. Not the inside).
  • Cups or anything that will hold some liquid and an egg
  • A variety of different drinks (use as many as you want but make sure you have one type of fizzy drink and water).


Step 1: Fill each cup with a different type of drink. You could use any fizzy drink, water, milk, coffee, tea, squash or juice.



Step 2: Place one egg in each cup. Make sure that the whole egg is completely submerged in the liquid.


Step 3: Leave the eggs in the liquid overnight. If you leave them even longer you will get an idea of how drinks can affect the enamel on our teeth.


Step 4: Remove the eggs from the different liquids. Notice how the shell of each egg has changed depending on what liquid it was placed in.


Now answer the following questions:

  • What colour did the shell change to when put in each liquid?
  • Which drink do you think is worse for teeth? Why do you think this?
  • Which egg had the most stains on it after being submerged in the liquid?
  • If you had to recommend one drink to someone who wanted lovely, healthy, white teeth which drink would it be? Why have you chosen this one?





Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians were one of the first civilisations to divide a day into sections so they could tell what time it was?


Use the link below to see if you can answer these questions:


- When did they first begin to use time?

- How did they tell the time?

- What is an obelisk?

- How did a shadow clock work?


Lots of different types of civilisations have used shadow clocks to tell the time. they are more commonly known as sundials. The photos below show you several different examples...

Can you make you own shadow clock?


Collect these items:

- A thick, sturdy stick

- Rocks, pebbles or stones

- Some paint or a marker pen

- A watch or clock (just to get you set up, then you can use nature’s clock)


  1. Start by numbering the rocks 1 to 12, you can paint numbers on them, or paint each one a different colour.
  2. Find a sunny spot that you can return to throughout the day. If you have a garden, this is perfect.
  3. Place the stick in the ground so that it stands upright.
  4. Using your existing watch, check where the stick’s shadow is every hour and mark this using your rocks.
  5. As every hour passes, place a rock in the spot that matches the time so that it’s in the stick's shadow. After 12 hours, you should be left with a circle of rocks around your stick.


It's as simple as that! Now can you use your sun dial to check the time? Don't forget to see how accurate you have been with a clock. 

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I know lots of Ladybrds are fans of Minecraft! So my challenge to you this week is can you use minecraft to build an Egyptian pyramid?


First you need to think about what are pyramids and what did they look like?

This video below explains how pyramids were built and why they were so important to the Egyptians.


The Pyramids of Egypt

Think about the shape of your pyramid and how you will make it look realistic. Can you add decorations on the outside to make it look authentic?


This video below shows you how someone has achieved it. 

Minecraft-How to build a pyramid

Don't forget to send us photos or videos of all your work - 

We can't wait to see it.